When I think of Civil War buffs I think of middle-aged white men–the kind of men who go to Civil War roundtables, tour battlefields, and read books about generals.
Does the same thing apply to Civil War scholarship? Perhaps. But Kevin Levin, the author of the blog Civil War Memory, argues that a darn good undergraduate or graduate course on the Civil War could be designed using only books written by female authors.
Here are a few of the titles that would make his reading list:
- Elizabeth Varon, Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859
- Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War
- Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters
- Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
- Drew G. Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
- Heather Cox Richardson, The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901
Read his whole book list here.