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Ayers, Edward L. 1953-

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Works: 120 works in 385 publications in 1 language and 17,175 library holdings
Genres: History  Filmed interviews  Unedited footage  Documentary films  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Historical films  Census data  Quotations 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Author of introduction, Composer, Other
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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 held by 3,541 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 - a combination of progress and reaction that defined the contradictory promise of the New South. Ranging from the Georgia coast to the Tennessee mountains, from the power brokers to tenant farmers, Ayers depicts a land of startling contrasts - a time of progress and repression, of new industries and old ways. Ayers takes us from remote Southern towns, revolutionized by the spread of the railroads, to the statehouses where Democratic "Redeemers" swept away the legacy of Reconstruction; from the small farmers, trapped into growing nothing but cotton, to the new industries of Birmingham; from abuse and intimacy in the family to tumultuous public meetings of the prohibitionists. He explores every aspect of society, politics, and the economy, detailing the importance of each in the emerging New South. Here is the local Baptist congregation, the country store, the tobacco-stained second-class railroad car, the rise of Populism: the teeming, nineteenth-century South comes to life in these pages. And central to the entire story is the role of race relations, from alliances and friendships between blacks and whites to the spread of Jim Crow laws and disenfranchisement. Ayers weaves all these details into the contradictory story of the New South, showing how the region developed the patterns it was to follow for the next fifty years. When Edward Ayers published Vengeance & Justice, a landmark study of crime and punishment in the nineteenth-century South, he received universal acclaim. Now he provides an unforgettable account of the New South - a land with one foot in the future and the other in the past
In the presence of mine enemies : war in the heart of America, 1859-1863 by Edward L Ayers( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,613 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
Crucible of the Civil War : Virginia from secession to commemoration by Andrew J Torget( )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,533 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
The Oxford book of the American South : testimony, memory, and fiction by Edward L Ayers( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,243 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 )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,021 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
Southern crossing : a history of the American South, 1877-1906 by Edward L Ayers( )

21 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 998 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 thin light of freedom : the Civil War and emancipation in the heart of America by Edward L Ayers( Book )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Amid the devastation of war rise the first stirrings of freedom in this absorbing, ground-level narrative by an acclaimed historian. Virginia's Great Valley, prosperous in peace with a rich soil and an enslaved workforce, invited destruction in war. Voracious Union and Confederate armies ground up the valley, consuming crops, livestock, fences, and human life. Pitched battles at Gettysburg, Lynchburg, and Cedar Creek punctuated a cycle of vicious attacks and reprisals in which armies burned whole towns for retribution. North of the Mason-Dixon line, in the Pennsylvania portion of the valley, free black families sent husbands and sons to fight with the U.S. Colored Troops. In letters home, even as Lincoln commemorated the dead at Gettysburg, they spoke movingly of a war for emancipation. As defeat and the end of slavery descended on Virginia, with the political drama of Reconstruction unfolding in Washington, the crowded classrooms of the Freedmen's Bureau schools spoke of a new society struggling to emerge. Here is history at its best: powerful, insightful, grounded in human detail."--Provided by publisher
America's war : talking about the Civil War and emancipation on their 150th anniversaries by Edward L Ayers( )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 738 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
All over the map : rethinking American regions by Edward L Ayers( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even as Americans keep moving "all over the map" in the late twentieth century, they cherish memories of the places they come from. But where do these places--these regions--come from? What makes them so real? In this groundbreaking book a distinguished group of historians explores the concept of region in America, traces changes the idea has undergone in our national experience, and examines its meaning for Americans today. Far from diminishing in importance, the authors conclude, regional differences continue to play a significant role in Americans' self-image. Regional identity, in fact, has always been fed by the very forces that many people think threaten its existence today: a central government, an aggressive economy, and connections with places beyond regional boundaries. Calling into question widely held notions about how Americans came to differ from one another and explaining why those differences continue to flourish, this iconoclastic study--by scholars with differing regional ties--will refresh and redirect the centuries-old discussion over Americans' conceptions of themselves -- Back cover
Momentous events in small places : the coming of the Civil War in two American communities by Edward L Ayers( )

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American passages : a history of the United States by Edward L Ayers( Book )

40 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Edge of the South : life in nineteenth-century Virginia( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Loving story( Visual )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 356 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
America on the eve of the Civil War( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through searchable censuses, newspapers, diaries, military records, maps, images, and other sources this program tells the story of the Civil War as seen by the people of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and Augusta County, Virginia. Details week by week and household by household, the differences and commonalities of the North and South
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

Contains quotes from both sides of the Civil War on a variety of topics, including secession and the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, a soldier's life, food and drink, and Reconstruction
American experience( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tumultuous years after the Civil War (1863-77), America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and how to bring former slaves into the life of the country. Ayers talks about instability after the assassination of Lincoln, the black codes, Andrew Johnson and the Fourteenth Amendment, the cotton economy and declining prices, emergence of the Ku Klux Klan
American experience( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tumultuous years after the Civil War (1863-77), America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and how to bring former slaves into the life of the country. Painter talks about planters and employers of former slaves, emancipation and black women, John Roy Lynch and The Facts of Reconstruction, political violence in the south, the mud sill of society, the exodus of 1879
American experience( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tumultuous years after the Civil War (1863-77), America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and how to bring former slaves into the life of the country. Walker talks about Tunis Campbell and how reconstruction should proceed
 
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The promise of the New South : life after Reconstruction
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In the presence of mine enemies : war in the heart of America, 1859-1863Crucible of the Civil War : Virginia from secession to commemorationThe 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 historySouthern crossing : a history of the American South, 1877-1906All over the map : rethinking American regionsAmerican passages : a history of the United States
Alternative Names
Ayers, Edward

Edward L. Ayers American historian

Edward L. Ayers Amerikaanse historicus

Edward L. Ayers historiador estadounidense

Edward L. Ayers historien américain

Edward L. Ayers storico americano

Edward L. Ayers US-amerikanischer Historiker

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English (236)