UA Professor and Graduates Publish Volume Honoring Emeritus History Professor George C. Rable

Dust jacket for American Discord. It shows a battle scene depicting Richmond on fire after the Confederate withdrawal from that town in April 1865.Louisiana State University Press recently published American Discord: The Republic and Its People during the Civil War Era, an edited volume honoring the career of UA emeritus history professor George C. Rable. Edited by UA history professor Dr. Lesley J. Gordon and UA history alumni Drs. Megan Bever and Laura Mammina, the collection features essays written by thirteen of Rable’s Ph.D. students, as well as other prominent scholars, including a forward by Gary W. Gallagher.

The wide-ranging collection mirrors Rable’s own eclectic research, with chapters on Abraham Lincoln’s depiction in Civil War music to the ways in which African American women navigated the treacherous territory of contraband camps. Rable declared the book one of the best presents he has ever received and a fine volume on the Civil War Era, which is high praise from one of the field’s most prolific historians.