Suggested Reading List
Confederates in the Attic
Author: Tony Horwitz
Description: Subtitled "Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War," this book reveals the strange world of the re-enactors, unreconstructed confederates and others whose ongoing interest and involvement in the War Between the States provide an intriguing cultural portrait of the southern and mid-Atlantic states.
Delta Blues, The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
Author: Ted Gioia
Description: From the field hollers of 19th-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mix of race and money at the point where traditional music became commercial and bluesmen found new audiences of thousands.
Dominion of Memories, Jefferson, Madison, and the Decline of Virginia
Author: Susan Dunn
Description: Dunn chronicles the decline of Virginia from its place of prominence during and after the Revolution to the economic stagnation of the mid-19th century.
Insiders' Guide to Nashville
Author: Jackie Sheckler Finch
Description: This practical guide to the country music mecca includes information on attractions, restaurants, accommodations, shopping and events. With black-and-white photographs, maps, and concise historical and cultural introductions.
Life on the Mississippi
Author: Mark Twain
Description: Twain returns to the days of his youth spent on the Mississippi in this classic. Full of historical information, anecdotes, character sketches and fond memories, it's at once a romantic history of a mighty river and an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Author: John Berendt
Description: Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt’s classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story.
Author: John E. L. Robertson
Description: A volume in the excellent, heavily illustrated Images of America series.
River of Dark Dreams
Author: Walter Johnson
Description: Using slave narratives, popular literature, legal records, and personal correspondence, Walter Johnson recreates the culture, commerce and history of the Mississippi Valley before the Civil War.
Author: Shelby Foote
Description: Told through the perspectives of a diverse cast of soldiers, Foote's brilliant novel transports the reader to Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee.
Shiloh National Military Park
Author: Brian K. Mccutchen
Description: A volume in the illustrated Images of America series with fantastic historic battlefield images.
The Civil War, A Visual History
Author: Jemi Dunne (Editor)
Description: Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, this enticing illustrated survey draws on the unparalleled collections of the Smithsonian Institution, giving insight into 1860s America, battles and troops on both side of the divide. With excellent maps, battles scenes and photographs of hundreds of artifacts of the war, camp life, weapons and military paraphernalia, it brings the war to life.
The Civil War, An Illustrated History
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Description: An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
The Mississippi Steamboat Era in Historic Photographs, Natchez to New Orleans, 1870-1920
Author: Joan Gandy, Thomas Gandy
Description: An excellent collection of early steamboat photos. Images include steamboat exteriors, interiors, passengers, crew and river scenes.