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Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee

edited by Kent Dollar, Larry Whiteaker, and W. Calvin Dickinson with contributions by Gary R. Matthews, Thomas Mackey, Jonathan M. Atkins, Michael R. Bradley, John V. Cimprich, B. Franklin Cooling, John D. Fowler, Derek W. Frisby, Marion B. Lucas, R. Tracy McKenzie, Brian D. McKnight, Kenneth W. Noe, Richard D. Sears, Kristen L. Streater, and Ben H. Severance

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402 pages  Pubdate: 02/01/2011  6 x 9 x 1.0625  10

Kentucky and Tennessee were mirror images of one another during the Civil War. Both were slave states with large numbers of Union and Confederate sympathizers. Kentuckians and Tennesseans suffered the same hardships as the armies waged war in their homeland. Bound to each other and to the South by their common culture, economy, and values, the people of these two states found themselves on opposing sides at the most critical time in American history. In Sister States, Enemy States, many distinguished historians examine the social, political, and economic impact of the war on the people of both states, including disenfranchised groups such as women, refugees, and African Americans. A significant addition to the study of the Civil War in the Bluegrass and Volunteer states, Sister States, Enemy States promises to find a wide audience among scholars and general readers alike.

Kent T. Dollar is assistant professor of history at Tennessee Technological University and author of Soldiers of the Cross: Confederate Soldier-Christians and the Impact of War on their Faith. Larry H. Whiteaker is professor emeritus of history at Tennessee Technological University and author of The Individual and Society in America. W. Calvin Dickinson is professor emeritus of history at Tennessee Technological University and coauthor of Tennessee Tales the Textbooks Don’t Tell

“The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee will appeal to all who hold an interest in the history of the Civil War and its effects, and especially to readers from the two states under examination. It will remain current as long as that interest lasts.”--Charles P. Roland, Alumni Professor of History Emeritus, University of Kentucky

“This outstanding collection of essays offers a rich and comprehensive picture of the experience of Tennesseans and Kentuckians during the tumultuous 1860s. Readers will find it not only wonderfully informative, but also fascinating.”—Stephen V. Ash, author of A Year in the South: 1865

Comprised of a good mix of familiar and fresh subjects and analyses penned by specialist scholars well selected for the task, this is an important contribution to the western theater Civil War literature. -- Civil War Books and Authors

Sister States, Enemy States is recommended to those interested in the Civil War, Tennessee and Kentucky. -- Oklahoman

This book will be worthwhile for anyone interested in the wartime experiences of Kentucky and Tennessee, but it will be of special interest to those who had ancestors living here during that time. -- Kentucky Ancestors

Though the two adjacent states share the same historical roots and cultures, the Civil War constituted a break that could not be more profound, as Tennessee joined the Confederacy and Kentucky joined the Union. -- Book News

Civil War-era scholars and enthusiasts alike will find the original essays covering an often overlooked region a delight, and the historical community at large will benefit from the social, economic, and political perspectives offered by this well-edited volume. -- Arkansas Review

Students who are interested in the field can gain a great deal of information in a concise manner that will serve as a springboard for further research. It is perhaps this that is the greatest contribution of the book. It is a must-have work for students and scholars of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the Western Theater. -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Anyone interested in Kentucky and Tennessee in the Civil War era will enjoy this book. The editors have done a superb job of recruiting authors and assembling good, in some cases outstanding, essays. -- Journal of American History

All in all, this is great tour-de-force for those interested in Kentucky and Tennessee history or in the political and social values that impacted those living in 1860 and continue to shape America today. -- Journal of America's Military Past

A very good book on the life of the two states during the Civil War, and particularly on the dynamics of secession. -- Strategy Page

This collection brings together sixteen essays by leading scholars on the Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee. It sheds much new light on a region that—while recognized as critically significant during the mid-nineteenth century—is often overlooked in the historiography. -- Journal of Southern History

The essays in Sister States, Enemy States persuasively demonstrate that the Civil War was fought not among well-defined classes in the East, but inside the households and farmsteads of the economically hybrid western Upper South. This volume is a must for anyone interested in East Tennessee and in the Civil War in general. -- Journal of East Tennessee History

A personal and very readable book that increases our understanding of everyday life during an extraordinary event. -- TOCWOC blog