New Release Books by Catherine Clinton

Catherine Clinton is the author of Stepdaughters of History (2021), Confederate Statues and Memorialization (2019), Mrs. Lincoln (2010), Phillis's Big Test (2008) and other 39 books.

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Stepdaughters of History

release date: Sep 08, 2021
Stepdaughters of History
In Stepdaughters of History, noted scholar Catherine Clinton reflects on the roles of women as historical actors within the field of Civil War studies and examines the ways in which historians have redefined female wartime participation. Clinton contends that despite the recent attention, white and black women’s contributions remain shrouded in myth and sidelined in traditional historical narratives. Her work tackles some of these well-worn assumptions, dismantling prevailing attitudes that consign women to the footnotes of Civil War texts. Clinton highlights some of the debates, led by emerging and established Civil War scholars, which seek to demolish demeaning and limiting stereotypes of southern women as simpering belles, stoic Mammies, Rebel spitfires, or sultry spies. Such caricatures mask the more concrete and compelling struggles within the Confederacy, and in Clinton’s telling, a far more balanced and vivid understanding of women’s roles within the wartime South emerges. New historical evidence has given rise to fresh insights, including important revisionist literature on women’s overt and covert participation in activities designed to challenge the rebellion and on white women’s roles in reshaping the war’s legacy in postwar narratives. Increasingly, Civil War scholarship integrates those women who defied gender conventions to assume men’s roles—including those few who gained notoriety as spies, scouts, or soldiers during the war. As Clinton’s work demonstrates, the larger questions of women’s wartime contributions remain important correctives to our understanding of the war’s impact. Through a fuller appreciation of the dynamics of sex and race, Stepdaughters of History promises a broader conversation in the twenty-first century, inviting readers to continue to confront the conundrums of the American Civil War.

Confederate Statues and Memorialization

release date: Apr 01, 2019
Confederate Statues and Memorialization
Nine killed in Charleston church shooting. White supremacists demonstrate in Charlottesville. Monuments decommissioned in New Orleans and Chapel Hill. The headlines keep coming, and the debate rolls on. How should we contend with our troubled history as a nation? What is the best way forward? This first book in UGA Press’s History in the Headlines series offers a rich discussion between four leading scholars who have studied the history of Confederate memory and memorialization. Through this dialogue, we see how historians explore contentious topics and provide historical context for students and the broader public. Confederate Statues and Memorialization artfully engages the past and its influence on present racial and social tensions in an accessible format for students and interested general readers. Following the conversation, the book includes a “Top Ten” set of essays and articles that everyone should read to flesh out their understanding of this contentious, sometimes violent topic. The book closes with an extended list of recommended reading, offering readers specific suggestions for pursuing other voices and points of view.

Mrs. Lincoln

release date: Jan 19, 2010
Mrs. Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln is the most revered president in American history, but the woman at the center of his life—his wife, Mary—has remained a historical enigma. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America. Authoritative and utterly engrossing, Mrs. Lincoln is the long-awaited portrait of the woman who so richly contributed to Lincoln''s life and legacy.

Phillis's Big Test

release date: Mar 21, 2008
Phillis's Big Test
In 1773, Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry. It was a great accomplishment that made her very famous. Only a year before, Phillis had had to take a test to prove that she was the actual author of these poems, because Phillis Wheatley was a slave. Who would believe that an African girl could be the author of such poetry? Phillis did! She believed in herself, and took every opportunity she could to make her life better. She believed in the power of her words, and her writing to prove her talent, and used the power of words to change a life.

When Harriet Met Sojourner

release date: Oct 16, 2007
When Harriet Met Sojourner
Two women with similar backgrounds. Both slaves; both fiercely independent. Both great, in different ways. Harriet Tubman: brave pioneer who led her fellow slaves to freedom, larger than life . . . yearning to be free. Sojourner Truth: strong woman who spoke up for African American rights, tall as a tree . . . yearning to be free. One day in 1864, the lives of these two women came together. When Harriet Met Sojourner is a portrait of these two remarkable women, from their inauspicious beginnings to their pivotal roles in the battle for America''s future.

Hold the Flag High

release date: May 24, 2005
Hold the Flag High
In July 1863, a significantbattle in the Civil War was fought. Sergeant William H. Carney, an officer of the newly formed Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment -- comprised entirely of African Americans -- led his soldiers over the ramparts of Fort Wagner, where Union soldiers charged the Confederates. As the soldiers fought, they gained strength from the stars and stripes of the American flag, Old Glory. It was Carney''s vow to never let Old Glory touch the ground, and despite several gunshot wounds, he was able to rescue the flag from the fallen bearer. Carney held the flag high as a symbol that his regiment would never submit to the Confederacy. The battle of Fort Wagner decimated the Fifty-fourth Regiment, but Carney''s heroism that night inspired all who survived. Catherine Clinton''s historically precise text paired with Shane Evans''s rich illustrations creates a remarkable account of one of the most memorable battles in Civil War history.

Harriet Tubman

release date: Feb 02, 2004
Harriet Tubman
The definitive biography of one of the most courageous women in American history "reveals Harriet Tubman to be even more remarkable than her legend" (Newsday). Celebrated for her exploits as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman has entered history as one of nineteenth-century America''s most enduring and important figures. But just who was this remarkable woman? To John Brown, leader of the Harper''s Ferry slave uprising, she was General Tubman. For the many slaves she led north to freedom, she was Moses. To the slaveholders who sought her capture, she was a thief and a trickster. To abolitionists, she was a prophet. Now, in a biography widely praised for its impeccable research and its compelling narrative, Harriet Tubman is revealed for the first time as a singular and complex character, a woman who defied simple categorization. "In the first major biography of Harriet Tubman in more than 100 years, we see the heroine of children''s books and biopics with a new clarity and richness of detail." --Lev Grossman, Time

I, Too, Sing America

release date: Jan 03, 2017
I, Too, Sing America
A dynamic collection of poetry, including works from the first known African American poet, Lucy Terry, to recent poet laureate Rita Dove, I, Too, Sing America captures the enormous talent and passion of generations of black writers.

The Plantation Mistress

release date: Dec 01, 2010
The Plantation Mistress
This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master. "The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The result is a book that forces us to rethink some of our basic assumptions about two peculiar institutions -- the slave plantation and the nineteenth-century family. It approaches a familiar subject from a new angle, and as a result, permanently alters our understanding of the Old South and women''s place in it.

Mrs. Lincoln LP

release date: Feb 03, 2009
Mrs. Lincoln LP
Abraham Lincoln is the most revered president in American history, but the woman at the center of his life, his wife, Mary, has remained a historical enigma. In this definitive, magisterial biography, Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of Mary Lincoln, and at a time when the nation was being tested as never before. Mary Lincoln''s story is inextricably tied with the story of America and with her husband''s presidency, yet her life is an extraordinary chronicle on its own. Born into an aristocratic Kentucky family, she was an educated, well-connected Southern daughter, and when she married a Springfield lawyer she became a Northern wife—an experience mirrored by thousands of her countrywomen. The Lincolns endured many personal setbacks—including the death of a child and defeats in two U.S. Senate races—along the road to the White House. Mrs. Lincoln herself suffered scorching press attacks, but remained faithful to the Union and her wartime husband. She was also the first presidential wife known as the "First Lady," and it was in this role that she gained her lasting fame. The assassination of her husband haunted her for the rest of her life. Her disintegrating downward spiral resulted in a brief but traumatizing involuntary incarceration in an asylum and exile in Europe during her later years. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America. Authoritative and utterly engrossing, Mrs. Lincoln is the long-awaited portrait of the woman who so richly contributed to Lincoln''s life and legacy.

Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars
Now available in paperback is the story of Fanny Kemble, whose passionate writings against human bondage made her a heroine of the Union cause. 54 halftones & line illustrations.

The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century
The experience of women in the nineteenth century has generated a wealth of interdisciplinary research in recent decades. The Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century presents the best of the recent scholarship available in a concise, "one-stop" resource, providing students of women''s history and nineteenth-century American culture with an authoritative source of information and interpretation. The authors emphasize areas in which scholars have identified important changes (such as suffrage and reform), topics in which researchers are now making great strides (such as racial, ethnic, religious, and regional diversity), and innovative and relatively recent explorations (for example, work on female sexuality). Accessible overview articles and alphabetical encyclopedia-like entries are combined in a comprehensive, easy-to-use volume. Part 1 contains a historiographical essay followed by a ten-chapter narrative overview. These chapters include discussions of families and households, labor and the workforce, religion and morality, feminism and equal rights, reform and voluntarism, and more. Part 2 is an A-to-Z listing of concise entries on key terms, notable figures, political movements, social and religious organizations, and legislation. Part 3 is an annotated chronology placing events in historical context. Part 4 is a topically organized selection of the best resources for further research, including general historical works, biographies and autobiographies, journals, archives, web sites, novels, and films.

The Black Soldier

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Black Soldier
A history of African-American military contributions in times of war contains tales of heroism and triumph during such conflicts as the American Revolution, the Civil War, and Desert Storm.

The Other Civil War

release date: Apr 30, 1999
The Other Civil War
Describes the social position of American women during the nineteenth century, traces the development of the feminist movement, and assesses the role women played in the history of the United States

Public Women and the Confederacy

release date: Jan 01, 1999

Civil War Stories

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Civil War Stories
Recounts the story of Fanny Kemble and her two daughters, one of whom lived with her mother in the North, while the other remained with their father in the South.

Tara Revisited

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Tara Revisited
Combines photographs and documentary sources to examine the daily life of Confederate women

Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Civil War

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Civil War
Traces the course of the Civil War, year by year, using profiles of important people, eyewitness accounts, and period art.

Archaeological Data Recovery at the Track Site 38BU927, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina

release date: Jan 01, 1991

A Poem of Her Own

release date: Mar 01, 2003
A Poem of Her Own
Presents a collection of more than twenty poems by American women published between 1678 and 2001.

How Did Women Participate in the Underground Railroad?

release date: Jan 01, 2004

Harriet Tubman: Call to Freedom

release date: Jan 01, 2004
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