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UWBTS — Appendix 2 – Resources for Further Study.

Appendix 2 – Resources for Further Study.

By Dr. Clyde N. Wilson and Howard Ray White, co-editors.

The Society of Independent Southern Historians maintains an expanding website which presents a large bibliography of Southern literature, history, biography, etc. for your viewing.  Every item in this bibliography has been endorsed and recommended by the Society.  Members continually add to the bibliography with recommendations and book reviews.  See us at .  There, you can also download this booklet for free and learn how to join and help the Society.




Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, by David Hackett Fischer (1989).

Bloodstains, An Epic History of the Politics that Produced and Sustained the American Civil War and the Political Reconstruction that Followed, 4 vols., by Howard Ray White (2002-2012).

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville, (English translation, 1848).

Redcoats and Rebels, The American Revolution through British Eyes, by Christopher Hibbert (1990).

Westward Expansion:  A History of the American Frontier, by Ray A. Billington  (1949).

From Union to Empire (2003) and Defending Dixie (2006), Clyde N. Wilson.

Historical Consciousness, or the Remembered Past, by John Lukacs (1985).

North Against South: The American Iliad, 1848-1877, by Ludwell H. Johnson (1963).


Understanding the Constitution


A Constitution for the United States of America. (Note Amendment dates.  Note Federal power before the War and its growth afterward.)

A Better Guide Than Reason (1977); Original Intentions (1993); Founding Fathers (1994), by M.E. Bradford.

The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, by Brion McClanahan  (2005).

Is Jefferson Davis a Traitor?, by Albert T. Bledsoe (1866).

Nullification, A Constitutional History, 1766-1833, 4 volumes, by Walter Kirk Wood (2008-14).

The South was Right, by James R. and Walter D. Kennedy, (1991).

This Constitution. . . Shall be the Supreme Law of the Land, . . ., by David Loy Mauch (2014).

The Webster-Hayne Debates on the Nature of the Union, Herman E. Belz, editor (2000).

Conflict of the Northern and Southern Cultures

The Missouri Controversy, 1819-1821, by Glover Moore (1953).

Bleeding Kansas, by Alice Nichols (1954).

Nativism and Slavery, The Northern Know Nothings, and the Politics of the 1850s, by Tyler Anbinder (1994).

The Story of the Democratic Party, by Henry Minor (1928).

The Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856, by William E. Gienapp (1987).

The Secret Six, John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement, by Otto Scott (1979).

The American Conscience, The Drama of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, Saul Sigelschiffer, editor (1973).

Lone Star, A History of Texas and the Texans, by T. R. Fehrenbach (1968).

The Essential Calhoun, Clyde N. Wilson, editor (1992).

The Coming of the Civil War, by Avery O. Craven (1942).

Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War, by Marc Egnal (2009).

North Over South: Northern Nationalism and American Identity in the Antebellum Era, by Susan-Mary Grant (2000).

The Politics of Dissolution, The Quest for a National Identity and the American Civil War,  Marshall L. DeRosa, editor (1997).

When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession, by Charles Adams (2000).

Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, by Richard F. Bensel (1990).


The War Between the States


Understanding Abe Lincoln’s First Shot Strategy (Inciting Confederates to Fire First at Fort Sumter), by Howard Ray White (2011).

Maryland, The South’s First Casualty, by Bart R. Talbert (1995).

The Civil War and Readjustment in Kentucky, by E. Merton Coulter (1926).

Turbulent Partnership, Missouri and the Union, 1861-1865, by William E. Parrish (1963).

The Civil War: A Narrative, 3 volumes, by Shelby Foote (1956-74).

The Civil War, Day by Day, by E. B. and Barbara Long (1971).

The Story of the Confederacy, by Robert Selph Henry (1936).

A History of the Confederate Navy, by Raimondo Luraghi (1996).

Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States, by Raphael Semmes (1868).

The Siege of Charleston, 1861-1865, by E. Milby Burton (1976).

Northern Opposition to Lincoln’s War, D. Jonathan White, editor (2014).

Lincoln Unmasked, by Thomas DiLorenzo (2006).

The Confederate War, by Gary W. Gallagher (1997).

Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, 4 volumes, by William Marvel (2006-2011).

Destruction and Reconstruction: Personal Experiences of the Late War, by Richard Taylor (1879).

Merchant of Terror: General Sherman and Total War, by John B. Walters (1973).

War Crimes Against Southern Civilians, by Walter Brian Cisco (2007).

South Carolina Civilians in Sherman’s Path, by Karen Stokes (2012).

A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia, by William Gilmore Simms (1865; new edition 2005).

Civil War Prisons: A Study in War Psychology, by William B. Hesseltine (1964).

Elmira, Death Camp of the North, by Michael Horigan (2002).

To Die in Chicago, Confederate Prisoners at Camp Douglas, 1862-1865, by George Levy (1999).

Portals of Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War, by Lonnie R. Speer (1997).

The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah, by Karen Stokes (2013).

Let Us Die Like Brave Men, by Daniel W. Barefoot (2005).

The Fremantle Diary, by Col. Arthur J. L. Fremantle (1865).

Recollections Grave and Gay, by Mrs. Burton Harrison (1912).

Blood and War at My Doorstep: North Carolina Civilians in the War between the States, 2 volumes, by Brenda Chambers McKean (2011).

Empire of the Owls, Reflections on the North’s War against Southern Secession, by H. V. Traywick, Jr. (2013).

Partisan Warfare in the American Civil War, by Bertil Haggman, upcoming e-book (title tentative).

Slavery was Not the Cause of the Civil War: The Irrefutable Argument, by Gene Kizer Jr.  (2014).


About African Americans of the Southern Culture


The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1888, by Robin Blackburn (1997).

The Chronological History of the Negro in America, by Peter M. Bergmann (1969).

Roll Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made, by Eugene Genovese (1976).

The Nat Turner Slave Insurrection, by F. Roy Johnson (1966).

Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery, by Robert W. Fogel and Stanley L Engerman (1974).

Legend of the Underground Railroad, by Larry Gara (1961).

North of Slavery, by Leon R. Litwack (1965).

“What Shall We Do with the Negro?”: Lincoln, White Racism and the American Civil War, by Paul D. Escott (2009).

Sick From Freedom:  African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction, by Jim Down (2015).

Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House, by Elizabeth Keckley (1868).

Fighting for Freedom: A Documented Story, by Barbara G. Marthal (2015).

Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington (1901).

Slavery Remembered: A Record of Twentieth-Century Slave Narratives, by Paul D. Escott (1979).


Political Reconstruction


Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865-1877, by William A. Dunning (1907).

The South During Reconstruction, 1865-1877, by E. Merton Couther (1947).

The Story of Reconstruction, by Robert Selph Henry (1938).

Wade Hampton: Confederate, Warrior, Conservative Statesman, by Walter Brion Cisco (2004).

The Prostrate State: South Carolina Under Negro Government, by James S. Pike (1874).

Reconstruction in South Carolina, 1865-1877, by John S. Reynolds (1905).

Reconstruction in Mississippi, by James Wilford Garner (1902).

Dixie after the War, by Myrta Lockett Avary (1906).


Biographies of Major Leaders


George Washington, 7 volumes, by Douglas S. Freeman (1948-1957).

The Life of Francis Marion, by William Gilmore Simms (1844).

Jefferson and His Time, 6 volumes, by Dumas Malone (1948-1981).

James Madison and the Making of America, by Kevin R. C. Gutzman  (2012).

James Monroe and the Quest for American Identity, by Harry Ammon (1946).

The Life of John Randolph of Roanoke, 2 volumes, by Hugh A. Garland (1850).

The Life of Andrew Jackson, by Marquis James (2 volumes, 1933, 1937).

James K. Polk, Jacksonian, by Charles Sellars  (1957).

John Tyler, Champion of the Old South, by Oliver P. Chitwood (1964).

The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston, by Marquis James (1929).

John C. Calhoun:  American Portrait, by Margaret Coit (1950)

Franklin Pierce:  The Young Hickory of the Granite Hills, by Roy F. Nichols (1969).

John Brown: The Making of a Martyr, by Robert Penn Warren (1929).

Jefferson Davis, volume 1: American Patriot (1808-1861); Volume 2: Confederate President; Volume 3: Tragic Hero, by Hudson Strode (1954-1964).

Jefferson Davis, Unconquerable Heart, by Felicity Allen (1999).

First Lady of the South, The Life of Mrs. Jefferson Davis, by Ishbel Ross (1958).

Stephen A. Douglas, by Robert W. Johannsen, (1973).

Charles Sumner, 2 volumes, by David Donald (1960, 1970).

Old Thad Stevens:  A Story of Ambition, by Richard N. Current (1942).

Lincoln, a biography by David Herbert Donald (1995).

Lincoln, the Man, by Edgar Lee Masters (1991).

The Real Lincoln, A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo (2002).

The President’s Wife:  Mary Todd Lincoln, by Ishbel Ross (1973)

R .E. Lee, 4 volumes, by Douglas Southall Freeman (1961).

Life and Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. Thomas J. Jackson, by Robert L. Dabney (1865).

That Devil Forrest: The Life of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, by John A. Wyeth (1899).

Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol, by William C. Davis (1974).

Major-General Isaac Trimble: Baltimore Confederate, by Leslie Tucker  (2005).

Grover Cleveland, a Study in Courage, by Allan Nevins (1932).


Literature and Culture


Eight Revolutionary “Romances” by William G. Simms (1806-70).

New Orleans: The Place and the People, by Grace King (1895).

The Unvanquished, by William Faulkner (1938).

The South in American Literature, 1607-1900, by Jay B. Hubbell (1954).

Understanding “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” — How Novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe and Poet Julia Ward Howe Influenced the Northern Mind, by Howard Ray White (2003).

The Rise and Fall of the Plantation South, by Raimondo Luraghi (1978).

The Southern Essays of Richard Weaver, edited by George M. Curtis (1987).

Patriotic Gore: The Literature of the American Civil War, by Edmund Wilson (1969).

The Long Roll (1911) and Cease Firing (1912), by Mary Johnston.

Our Fathers’ Fields: A Southern Story (1998).

Letters from the Outpost: Essays on the Cultural Cleansing of a Small Southern State, by Joyce Bennett (2014).

Magnolias and Cornbread: An Outline of Southern History for Unreconstructed Southerners, by Leslie R. Tucker (2010).

Shadows of Blue & Gray: The Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce, Brion M. Thomsen, editor (2002).

Traveller, by Richard Adams (1988).

I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition, by twelve “Fugitive Agrarians,” (1930).