Civil War Historian David Blight to Serve as Judge for National Book Awards
David Blight

The National Book Foundation has announced that Civil War historian and Yale history professor David W. Blight will be a judge for the 2009 Nonfiction National Book Award. Blight is “Professor of History at Yale University and author of many books on nineteenth century American history, including A Slave No More, published in 2007.” Finalists […]

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Military History Word of the Day: "Ambuscade"

– am⋅bus⋅cade [am-buh-skeyd] noun, verb, -cad⋅ed, –noun 1. an ambush –verb (used without object) 2. to lie in ambush. –verb (used with object) 3. to attack from a concealed position; ambush. 1575–85; < MF embuscade, alter. (under influence of OF embuschier) of MF emboscade < OIt imboscata, fem. ptp. of imboscare, v. deriv. with in-  […]

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Civil War Historian Kenneth M. Stampp Dies, 96

The folks at the Berkeley’s public affairs office confirmed for me today that Kenneth M. Stampp died. His book The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South  (1956) is required reading in my program and rightly so. The view into slavery was groundbreaking. A full obituary will be posted shortly on Berkeley’s news site. Condolences […]

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