Paul Harvey teaches American history at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, blogs at Religion in American History, and is author of Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South.
Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
Edward Baptist so powerfully captures the pain and tragedy of plantation slavery that I had to force myself to turn each page.
An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present
John McKee Barr constructs a persuasive narrative of Lincoln loathing—by Lost Causers, neo-Confederates, libertarians, and even some liberals.
Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Todd Purdum's work of journalistic history on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is ultimately a story about politicians doing the right thing.
The “Invisible Institution” in the Antebellum South
America in the King Years, 1954–63
The Religion of the Lost Cause, 1865–1920
Religion in the Old South, by Donald G. Mathews. Mathews’s 1977 classic is a relatively short synthetic analysis that clearly, profoundly, and theologically explores the meaning of Christianity in the slave society of the old South.