Pre-order Brian Neumann's and Clayton Butler's New Books

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Nau Civil War Center is pleased to announce that Managing Director Brian C. Neumann's new book, Bloody Flag of Anarchy: Unionism in South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis, and postdoctoral fellow Clayton J. Butler's new book, True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, are now available for pre-order! Both books will be published by LSU Press in April 2022 as part of their "Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War" series.

From the publisher's website:

"Bloody Flag of Anarchy 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—a bold yet fragile testament to humanity’s capacity for self-government...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."

"In True Blue, Clayton J. Butler 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, a period when many of these veterans played a key role both as elected officials and as a pivotal voting bloc. 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."

Pre-order your copies of Bloody Flag of Anarchy and True Blue from LSU Press today!