The Sunday Question: Which Book Most Changed Your Mind?

I’ve decided to start a new feature here, called The Sunday Question, in which I ask you, the readers, to answer a fairly simple and direct question.  The answers might offer something for discussion.  For the inaugural post in this series, the question is … which Civil War era* book most changed your mind about something?  Why?

*”Civil War era” encompasses the coming of the war, the war, and Reconstruction, as well as Civil War-related topics.

Two More Blogs Worth Reading

As much as blogging is a conversation between blogger and reader, it is also a conversation between blogger and blogger.  One of the things I like to do is to draw attention to some blogs that I think readers of this blog will appreciate.  I find the posts in each of these blogs thoughtful, engaging, and often provocative.  One’s an oldie but goodie, while another is relatively new to the scene in its present format, although it has deeper roots in past blogging, a situation with which I’m familiar.

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Keeping It Honest: Getting It Wrong

One of the most interesting things about being a historian of the era of the American Civil War is that you encounter so many people who present themselves as knowledgeable about the war, the scholarship about the war, and the people who write about history.  Sometimes those folks even present themselves as knowledgeable about both your skills as a scholar and your motivations.

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