Author Interview--Scott A. MacKenzie (The Fifth Border State) Part 1

Hello H-CivWar Readers:

Today we feature Scott A. MacKenzie to talk about his new book, The Fifth Border State: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of West Virginia, 1829–1872, published by West Virginia University Press in January 2023.

Scott A. MacKenzie received his Ph.D. from Auburn University. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Scott, you are living and working in Canada and your Ph.D. is from Auburn, how do you end up writing a book about West Virginia?

Re: TOC: The Civil War Monitor (Spring 2023)

A new biography of Benjamin Butler stressing his commitment to freedpeople and laborers is welcome. A balanced one would have been more helpful. In countering derogatory stereotypes of Butler, Elizabeth Leonard ignores numerous issues that deserve fuller accounting.

For instance, Leonard praises Butler for supporting the model for Reconstruction employed in Union-controlled Louisiana during the war. But, condemned by Frederick Douglass, it assigned freedpeople to plantations. As wards of the state, they could not leave without permission or bargain for better contracts.

Author Interview--John Patrick Blair (African American State Volunteers in the New South) Part 2

Hello H-CivWar Readers:

Today we continue our conversation with John Patrick Blair to talk about his new book, African American State Volunteers in the New South: Race, Masculinity, and the Militia in Georgia, Texas, and Virginia, 1871–1906, published by Texas A&M University Press in November 2022.

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