June 16, 2008

Chandra Manning's Next Book

Publishers Weekly reports that Chandra Manning has sold her next book entitled Waystations Along a Crooked Road: Contraband Camps, Freedpeople's Relocation, and the Elusive Meaning of Freedom. It's a North American rights deal with Knopf/Vintage. According to PW, Manning, Georgetown professor and author of What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery and the Civil War (Knopf, 2007) "will explore the dramatic change in the nation's racial climate occasioned by the Civil War, with particular focus on emancipation and race in the North during and after the war."

Is it just me, or do others sense that there are three topics within Civil War research that are "home runs" for authors and publishers? - Those three being Lincoln, Gettysburg, and most recently, revisionist history dealing with race, memory, or a combination of the two.

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