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Current, Richard Nelson

Works: 174 works in 563 publications in 1 language and 28,629 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Encyclopedias  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Redactor, Contributor, ed
Classifications: E668, B
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Most widely held works about Richard Nelson Current
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The Lincoln nobody knows by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
29 editions published between 1958 and 1999 in English and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A Lincoln authority probes the mysteries in Lincoln's life and personality by restating the most dramatic and bitterly fought controversies scholars have had about his life and by weighing the evidence, notably about his married life, his religious views, his role in provoking (or not provoking) the Civil War, his ability as a military strategist." Pub W
Daniel Webster and the rise of national conservatism by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
14 editions published between 1954 and 1992 in English and held by 1,771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography, with emphasis on the development of Webster's political ideas during the years 1820-1850
Why the North won the Civil War by David Herbert Donald( Book )
23 editions published between 1960 and 1993 in English and held by 1,685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains six essays in which the authors examine the reasons why the North won the Civil War, providing an overview of the defeat of the Confederacy, and discussing issues of military leadership, politics, diplomacy, economics, and society
Lincoln and the first shot by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
14 editions published between 1963 and 1990 in English and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lincoln's dilemma over Fort Sumter, should he let it fall or send help?
Those terrible carpetbaggers by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
10 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 1,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Woodrow Wilson described them as men bent on "an expedition of profit," who used "the negroes as tools for their own selfish ends." Horance Greeley, while running for President, said they were "fellows who crawled down south in the track of our armies, generally at a very safe distance in the rear." And in the South they were hotly condemned as "the larvae of the North," "vulturous adventurers," and "vile, oily, odious." But how accurately does this describe the men from the North who came to be called "carpetbaggers"? Were they uneducated, penniless exploiters of the freed slave, jackals who plundered a devastated South? In this eye-opening account, the eminent Civil War historian Richard Nelson Current weaves together the biographies of ten of these men--all of whom are representative, if not the epitome, of the men called "carpetbaggers." The result is a provocative revisionist history of Reconstruction and what has long been considered its "most disgraceful" episode. Set within the larger context of Congressional politics and the history of individual Southern states, Current's narrative reveals a group of men who were often highly educated, almost all of whom had served with distinction in the Union Army (three were generals), and several of whom brought their own money down South to help rebuild a war-torn land. Daniel H. Chamberlain, for instance, was educated at Yale and Harvard Law School--he was described by the President of Yale as "a born leader of men"--Was governor of South Carolina, and later made a fortune as a Wall Street lawyer. Adelbert Ames, far from exploiting the black, was a leading exponent of black rights, the author of the main brief of the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, a major court battle against segregation. And Albion W. Tourgee, author of the best-selling A Fool's Errand, was praised after his death by W.E.B. du Bois for his efforts on behalf of the freed slaves. Current's vivid narrative captures the passions of this tumultuous period as he documents the careers and private lives of these ten prominent men. But more important, he provides a major reinterpretation of the entire period, revealing Reconstruction as it was seen by ten of its leading exponents in the South. - Publisher
Secretary Stimson : a study in statecraft by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
15 editions published between 1954 and 1970 in English and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Encyclopedia of the Confederacy ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
V. 1, Adam-Curr -- V. 2, Dahl-Loma -- V. 3, Long-Shil -- V. 4, Shin-Zall
Knut Hamsun remembers America essays and stories, 1885-1949 by Knut Hamsun( )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lincoln's loyalists : Union soldiers from the Confederacy by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
8 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With this path-breaking book, Richard Nelson Current closes a major gap in our understanding of the important role of white southerners who fought for the Union during the Civil War. The ranks of the Union forces swelled by more than 100,000 of these men known to their friends as "loyalists" and to their enemies as "tories." They substantially strengthened the Union, weakened the Confederacy, and affected the outcome of the Civil War. Despite the assertions of southern governors that Lincoln would get no troops from the South to preserve the Union, every Confederate state except South Carolina provided at least a battalion of white troops for the Union Army. The role of black soldiers (including those from the South) continues to receive deserved attention. Curiously, little heed has been paid to the white southern supporters of the Union cause, and nothing has been published about the group as a whole. Relying almost entirely on primary sources, Current here opens the long-overdue investigation of these many Americans who, at great risk to themselves and their families, made a significant contribution to the Union's war effort. Current meticulously explores the history of the loyalists in each Confederate state during the war. Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia provided over 70 percent of the loyalist troops, but 10,000 from Arkansas, 7,000 from Louisiana, and thousands from North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama volunteered as well. The author weaves the separate state stories into an intriguing and detailed tapestry. The loyalists served in a variety of capacities--some performing mundane tasks, some fighting with valor. Whatever his individual role, each southerner joining the Union constituted a double loss to the Confederacy: a subtraction from its own ranks and an addition to the Union's. Undoubtedly, this played an important role in the Confederate defeat
Wisconsin : a Bicentennial history by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
7 editions published between 1977 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reconstruction, 1865-1877 by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
6 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Words that made American history; selected readings by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
18 editions published between 1962 and 1978 in English and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John C. Calhoun by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
17 editions published between 1963 and 1966 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An analysis of the life and thought of the Southern patriot who championed States rights over national unity several decades before the Civil War
A history of the United States by T. Harry Williams( Book )
20 editions published between 1959 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,043 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three carpetbag Governors by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
6 editions published between 1967 and 1980 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Arguing with historians : essays on the historical and the unhistorical by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
6 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Northernizing the South by Richard Nelson Current( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reconstruction in retrospect : views from the turn of the century ( Book )
2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The political thought of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln( Book )
8 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Daniel Webster, "the completest man" by Daniel Webster( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Current, Richard N.
Current, Richard N. 1912-
Current, Richard N. 1912-2012
Current, Richard N. (Richard Nelson)
Current, Richard N. (Richard Nelson), 1912-2012
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