James J. Gigantino II
Slavery and Secession in Arkansas: A Documentary History, a new book that examines private and published documents in Arkansas before the start of the Civil War reveals that defending slavery was at the forefront of secession arguments in the state. It draws from hundreds of sources, including pamphlets, broadsides, legislative debates, public addresses, newspapers and private correspondence.
Excavating Nations: Archaeology, Museums, and the German-Danish Borderlands examines the efforts of archaeologists and amateur antiquarians from Germany and Denmark to investigate the ancient past of the contested borderlands and appropriate its legacy for nationalist ends. Hare investigates four generations of the cross-border network of academics and scholars beginning in the early 19th century, through the unification of Germany, and the two world wars. Drawing on archival research in Germany and Denmark, Professor Hare’s book offers a transnational analysis of national building.
Professor Emeritus of History, Robert Finlay’s book The Pilgrim Art just published in Chinese by Hainan Publishing House. Congratulations Dr. Finlay! Just think of the royalties if just 1 in 10,000 Chinese citizens buy a copy! The book is on temporary display in the History office.
Professor James Gigantino has just published The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 with the University of Pennsylvania Press. His new book challenges the existing historiography in a number of ways.
I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over: First-Person Accounts of Civil War Arkansas from the Arkansas Historical Quarterly
Mark K. Christ and Patrick G. Williams, eds.
Edited by Mark K. Christ and Patrick G. Williams, I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over (University of Arkansas Press, 2014) offer a first-hand, ground-level view of the war’s horrors, its mundane hardships, its pitched battles and languid stretches, even its moments of frivolity.