Understanding the Civil War and Reconstruction

12 Recommended Books



In my 20111 book the Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, I listed in a “Reference Resources” following the Appendix chapters, dozens of books I felt were valuable and enlightening reading.

Happily, many excellent new books that present the truth about the Civil War and Reconstruction have also been published in the last 10 years. This is despite the blanket of political correctness that surrounds Civil War, Reconstruction, and related topics.

I have not discovered all of them yet myself, but for your edification and encouragement I have listed a dozen that I have read or am reading. In these dark times, we need more sources of truth and encouragement.

Walter Bryan Cisco, War Crimes against Southern Civilians, 2007.

Gene Kizer, Jr. Slavery Was Not the Cause of the War Between the States: The Irrefutable Argument, 2014. Kizer has a weekly article published online in his Charleston Athenaeum Press.

Philip Leigh, Causes of the Civil War, 2020. Phil Leigh also does a Civil War Chat on YouTube several days per week. These are usually 10-15 minutes long. Strongly recommended for knowledge and encouragement.

Philip Leigh, U.S. Grant’s Failed Presidency, 2019.

Philip Leigh, Southern Reconstruction, 2017.

Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr;  It Wasn’t about Slavery: Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War, 2020.

Charles T. Pace, Lincoln as He Really Was, 2018.

Charles T Pace, Southern Independence, Why War? The War to Prevent Southern Independence, 2015.

Frank B. Powell III, Editor: To Live and Die in Dixie: The Struggle Continues…by Seventeen Southerners, 2014, Sons of Confederate Veterans, presented by R. Michael Givens.

Leonard M. Scruggs, The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, 2011. See also weekly articles online at Times Examiner (Mike Scruggs – The Times Examiner) and USMedia.buzz.

Howard Ray White, Rebirthing Lincoln: A Biography, 2021.

Howard Ray White, Bloodstains, Volume 4, Political Reconstruction and the Struggle for Healing, 2012. White’s 4 volumes are an invaluable research resource.

Happy Thanksgiving 2021 Mike Scruggs

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