Tag Archives: William Faulkner

Echoes of Reconstruction: Roundup of Recent Books

ECW is pleased to welcome back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Many of us expanded our reading during the lonely days of the Pandemic by taking old books off the shelves to read anew. I just settled in with … Continue reading

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History and Memory and The Saddest Words

I’m reading Michael Gorra’s wonderful new book The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War (Liveright, 2020), and I just came across a passage that articulates the difference between history and memory in one of the most effective ways I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Manticores, Myths, and Memory (part two)

(Part two of four) Paul Ashdown and Ed Caudill are co-authors of the latest book in the Engaging the Civil War Series, Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory (Southern Illinois University Press). In yesterday’s opening … Continue reading

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BookChat with Cody Marrs, author of Not Even Past

As a big fan of the Civil War in pop culture, I was especially looking forward to Cody Marrs’ new book Not Even Past: The Stories We Keep Telling About the Civil War, which deals with the ways “the story … Continue reading

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“Intruder in the Dust” and Pickett’s Charge

In year’s past on July 3, we’ve shared the words of William Faulkner from Intruder in the Dust that recount that moment, just before the start of Pickett’s Charge, pregnant with possibility. Today, on our YouTube page, I took a … Continue reading

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Remembering Pickett’s Charge

As has become our July 3 custom at ECW, we offer you Faulkner’s famous reflection in remembrance of Pickett’s Charge: For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s … Continue reading

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A Quick Writing Lesson with Foote and Faulkner

One of the important lessons I tell my writing students is, “Punctuation serves as a guidepost to tell your readers how to read your writing.” To illustrate my point, I use a sentence from Shelby Foote’s Stars in Their Courses: The … Continue reading

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Remembering Pickett’s Charge

As has become our July 3 custom at ECW, we offer you Faulkner’s famous reflection in remembrance of Pickett’s Charge: For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s … Continue reading

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The Future of Civil War History: Steve Davis

A couple of years ago I got a phone call during my day-job from a local TV reporter, Paul Crowley, who said he had gotten my name from the Atlanta History Center. Paul explained that the night before, his station, … Continue reading

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Every Free Able-bodied White Male Citizen: Two Examples of Militia Readiness in Antebellum America Part I

Current historiography claims that voluntary state militias were a joke as to their degree of real military preparedness. Further, these militias and their elected officers were often considered detrimental to the formation of both the Federal and Confederate armies in … Continue reading

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