Edward Ayers

Edward Ayers

Edward Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond. In 2004, he won the Bancroft Prize for his book, In the Presence of Mine Enemies. He has also served as the president of the Organization of American Historians and the founding chair of the board of the American Civil War Museum. In 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for his “commitment to making our history as widely available and accessible as possible.”

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Best Books on the History of the American South, recommended by Edward Ayers

To understand the America of today, you must understand the American South of the past, says historian Edward Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond. Here, he recommends five books to get started with, and also explains what his own books were aiming to contribute to the field of Southern history.

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