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Ayers, Edward L. 1953-

Overview
Works: 103 works in 323 publications in 1 language and 14,879 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Historical films  Census data  Quotations  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Composer, Other
Classifications: F215, 975.041
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The promise of the New South : life after Reconstruction by Edward L Ayers( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a public picnic in the South in the 1890s, a young man paid five cents for his first chance to hear the revolutionary Edison talking machine. He eagerly listened as the soundman placed the needle down, only to find that through the tubes he held to his ears came the chilling sounds of a lynching. In this story, with its blend of new technology and old hatreds, genteel picnics and mob violence, Edward Ayers captures the history of the South in the years between Reconstruction and the turn of the century. Ranging from the Georgia coast to the Tennessee mountains, from the power brokers to ten
In the presence of mine enemies : war in the heart of America, 1859-1863 by Edward L Ayers( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reassessing the history of the Civil War, a leading historian chronicles the path to war in the Great Valley spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia, capturing the experience of war in the lives of the people who lived through it
The Oxford book of the American South : testimony, memory, and fiction by Edward L Ayers( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford Book of the American South resonates with the words of black people and white, women and men, the powerless as well as the powerful. The collection presents the most telling fiction and nonfiction produced in the South from the late eighteenth century to the present. Renowned authors such as James Agee, Richard Wright, Maya Angelou, Lee Smith, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor appear in these pages, but so do people whose writing did not immediately reach a large audience. For example, Harriet A. Jacobs' book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, which is now recognized as one of the most illuminating narratives of a former slave, was neglected for generations. And Sarah Morgan's powerful Civil War Diary has only recently come to widespread attention. The Oxford Book of the American South presents compelling autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, and journalism as well as stories and selections from novels, and runs the spectrum from the conservative to the radical, the traditional to the innovative. Editors Edward L. Ayers and Bradley C. Mittendorf have arranged these diverse readings so that they fit together into a rich mosaic of Southern life and history. The sections of the book - The Old South, The Civil War and Its Consequences, Hard Times, and The Turning - unfold a vivid record of life below the Mason-Dixon line. We see the antebellum period both from the perspective of those who experienced it first-hand, such as Thomas Jefferson and former slaves Olaudah Equiano and Frederick Douglass, and then from the perspective of authors looking back on that era, including William Styron and Sherley Anne Williams. Likewise, we see the Civil War through the eyes of witnesses such as Sam Watkins, through the eyes of later writers trying to make sense of the conflict, such as Robert Penn Warren, and through the eyes of those using the war's intense passions to fuel their fiction, such as Margaret Mitchell and Barry Hannah. The classic authors of the Southern Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s appear here in the context of the hard times in which they wrote. The years since World War II are chronicled in the powerful words of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail," George Garrett's "Good-bye, Good-bye, Be Always Kind and True," and Peter Taylor's "The Decline and Fall of the Episcopal Church, in the Year of Our Lord 1952."
Vengeance and justice : crime and punishment in the 19th century American South by Edward L Ayers( Book )

16 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What caused the Civil War? : reflections on the South and Southern history by Edward L Ayers( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a series of essays discussing the historical and contemporary roles of the American South, focusing on the contrast between popular explanations of events and the ambiguity of reality
All over the map : rethinking American regions( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southern crossing : a history of the American South, 1877-1906 by Edward L Ayers( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abridgement of the author's Promise of the New South. A compact portrait of Southern life after the Civil War
The Edge of the South : life in nineteenth-century Virginia( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Loving story( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the case of Richard & Mildred Loving, a white man & a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia for the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s
Crucible of the Civil War : Virginia from secession to commemoration by Andrew J Torget( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serving both as home to the Confederacy's capital, Richmond, and as the war's primary battlefield, Virginia held a unique place in the American Civil War, while also witnessing the privations and hardships that marked life in all corners of the Confederacy. Yet despite an overwhelming literature on the battles that raged across the state and the armies and military leaders involved, few works have examined Virginia as a distinctive region during the conflict. In Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration, Edward L. Ayers, Gary W. Gallagher, and Andrew J. Torget, together with other scholars, offer an illuminating portrait of the state's wartime economic, political, and social institutions. Weighing in on contentious issues within established scholarship while also breaking ground in areas long neglected by scholars, several of the essays examine such concerns as the war's effect on slavery in the state, the wartime intersection of race and religion, and the development of Confederate social networks. Other contributions shed light on topics long disputed by historians, such as Virgina's decision to secede from the Union, the development of Confederate nationalism, and how Virginians chose to remember the war after its close. For anyone interested in Virginia during the Civil War, this book offers new ways to approach the study of the most important state in the Confederacy during the bloodiest war in American history
America on the eve of the Civil War( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A house divided-- : a century of great Civil War quotations( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American passages : a history of the United States( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's war : talking about the Civil War and emancipation on their 150th anniversaries( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: These readings provide a glimpse of the vast sweep and profound breadth of Americans' war among and against themselves, adding crucial voices to our understanding of the war and its meaning
American passages : a history of the United States by Edward L Ayers( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The valley of the shadow : two communities in the American Civil War by Edward L Ayers( )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This [hypertext] project interweaves the histories of two communities on either side of the Mason-Dixon line during the era of the American Civil War:" Staunton, Va. and Chambersburg, Pa. The project includes an electronic archives of the sources on which the narrative is based (The Eve of the war, and The War years), including maps & images, church records, military records, letters & diaries, newspapers, and public records
Valley of the shadow : two communities in the American Civil War by Edward L Ayers( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents information on the American Civil War, as part of the Valley of the Shadow Project at the University of Virginia. Contains information on the Virginia counties of Augusta and Franklin during the Civil War. Offers access to online versions of newspapers, battle maps, letters, and official records. Contains military dossiers, as well as reference materials, images, and information on related projects. Lists the current and past Project staff members
In the presence of mine enemies : war in the heart of America, 1859-1863 by Edward L Ayers( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social and secure? : politics and culture of the welfare state : a comparative inquiry( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers from the annual convention of the Netherlands American Studies Association, held in Middelburg, Netherlands, in June 1995
Momentous events in small places : the coming of the Civil War in two American communities by Edward L Ayers( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The promise of the New South : life after Reconstruction
Alternative Names
Ayers, Edward

Edward L. Ayers American historian

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English (208)

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In the presence of mine enemies : war in the heart of America, 1859-1863The Oxford book of the American South : testimony, memory, and fictionVengeance and justice : crime and punishment in the 19th century American SouthWhat caused the Civil War? : reflections on the South and Southern historyAll over the map : rethinking American regionsSouthern crossing : a history of the American South, 1877-1906The Edge of the South : life in nineteenth-century VirginiaCrucible of the Civil War : Virginia from secession to commemoration