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Summer 2020 Editorial

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Once again, the Editorial Staff of the Civil War Book Review is honored to feature timely and important Civil War and Reconstruction-era scholarship for our Summer 2020 issue. This issue is shorter than usual, encompassing one feature work and interview, and thirteen book reviews. However, the gravity of scholarship and its relevance to our present crisis far exceed the lack of quantity. The content of this issue addresses a wide range of themes in Civil War scholarship. Several books survey the invaluable roles and experiences of Native peoples, immigrants, POWs, and women in shaping the war. Another prominent subject is the ideological and political battle over secession that drew inspiration from the revolutions in Europe and ultimately created the Confederate States of America. However, the dominant theme of scholarship reviewed in this issue is the politics of race and racism. The political struggles of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, over who should and should not have access to the full rights and privileges of American citizenship, was the great crisis of that century and it remains at the heart of our current crisis.

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