New Books by Nau Center Scholars

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Congratulations to Managing Director Brian C. Neumann and Postdoctoral Fellow Clayton J. Butler for publishing their first books with LSU Press this spring! 

Neumann's book, Bloody Flag of Anarchy: Unionism in South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis, "examines the hopes, fears, and ideals of [South Carolina's] Union men, who viewed the nation as the last hope of liberty in a world dominated by despotism...Viewing the nullification crisis against the backdrop of global events, they feared that America might fail when the world needed its example the most. By closely examining how the nation avoided a ruinous civil war in the early 1830s, Bloody Flag of Anarchy sheds new light on why America failed three decades later to avoid a similar fate."

Butler's book, True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, "investigates the lives of white Unionists in three Confederate states, revealing who they were, why and how they took their Unionist stand, and what happened to them as a result...Unionists’ wartime allegiance proved a touchstone during the political chaos and realignment of Reconstruction...In the end, white Unionists proved willing to ally with African Americans during the war to save the Union but unwilling to protect or advance Black civil rights afterward, revealing the character of Unionism during the era as a whole."