Recommended Reading

Lincolns MarxistsAl Benson, Jr., and Walter Donald Kennedy, Lincoln’s Marxists (Pelican)

“In 1865, Karl Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto, praised Lincoln as a “single-minded son of the working class.” This book examines why Marx—and other socialists—supported Mr. Lincoln’s War and notes his negative influence on modern society. Firsthand accounts and insight from notable historians shatter contemporary views of both the sixteenth president and the early Republicans.

Chapters emphasize the influence of the Forty-Eighters, a group of European radical socialists who advocated big government and supported Abraham Lincoln in his effort to become America’s first Republican president. The authors provide historical background by discussing the revolts that took place in 1848 and Marx’s attempts to create a central government.

The book also examines Lincoln’s religious views, disputing the common belief that he was a pious Christian, citing examples of his pagan beliefs from firsthand accounts. This history illustrates how radical socialists laid the groundwork for today’s ever-expanding federal government and urges readers to reclaim lost liberty. Addendums include thought-provoking articles and a recommended reading list.” Click here for the print edition, or here for the ePub edition.

John JasperWilliam E. Hatcher, John Jasper, The Unmatched Black Philosopher and Preacher (Sprinkle Publications)

This is the story of an extraordinary 19th-century black preacher in Richmond, Virginia. Recounts his life of 40 years as a slave and 40 years as a free man. The reflections and insights of this book give us a rare view of race relationships in the South both during and after slavery. Contains several of his sermons, including the famous "The Sun Do Move".


Confederate Women

Mauriel Phillips Joslyn, Confederate Women (Pelican)

Confederate Women is an inspiring anthology of ten essays about the crucial role women played during and after the Civil War. These heroines stuck to the belief that the Civil War was “certainly ours as well as that of the men.” Excerpts from correspondence with their sons, fathers, husbands, and other women shed light on their unique position in America’s past. The women featured in this anthology refute the common belief that Southern women were delicate and fragile.

These Confederate women started relief organizations and militia companies, learned how to fire a musket, and even worked as spies. One courageous woman disguised herself as a male officer and recruited troops from around the South. Often women are left out of history books, only to fade into the shadows of time. Thanks to Mauriel Phillips Joslyn and her contributing authors, these women will remain a part of our history, never to be forgotten.

Southern Mother GooseDavid Davis, Southern Mother Goose, (Pelican)

“Mother Goose flies way down south in this Southern take on popular nursery rhymes. The twang in these poems adapted from the verses we all know and love will have readers donning their NASCAR™ caps and listening to the ole’ banjo in no time. Young’uns will encounter the tales of Old Mother Hubbard pulling cornbread from her cupboard and her hound that turns down biscuits. They’ll meet a Mississippi mosquito that munches on grits and fried green tomatoes and learn why Yankee Doodle trades his pony for a pickup. Also featured in this collection are the crawfish who “rub-a-dub-dub” in their tub and Little Boy Bluegrass who changes locale. Whether reading one or all, this set of forty-six beloved rhymes oozes with Southern charm.”