Publications -- Books

The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been

W.W. Norton, 2005
"What If" is every historian's secret question, and "What if the South had won the Civil War?" is question that every Buff ponders at some time or another.  After years of teaching about the Civil War, In decided in 2004 that it was time for me to write my counterfactual history of a world where the South gained its independence.  I concluded it would not be a better world.
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Conflict and Compromise:
The Political Economy of Slavery, Emancipation, and the American Civil War
Cambridge University Press, 1989
My first teaching assignment in the History Department at UCR was an upper division course on the American Civil War.  The notes I made for that first year of teaching provided the outline for Conflict and Compromise.  I still use the  ideas I developed writing this book when I teach or lecture on the Civil War.
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One Kind of Freedom:
The Economic Consequences of Emancipation
Coauthored with Richard Sutch

Cambridge University Press, 1977; Second Edition, 2001
In the summer of 1969, Richard Sutch and I circulated a paper entitled "The Rise of Sharecropping in the American South -- 1868-1900."  That paper was the genesis of our book One Kind of Freedom, which was published eight years later.  Over the next two decades, OKOF became one of the most influential works in Southern History.  A revised edition of the book was published in 2001.
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Coping With Capitalism:
The Economic Transformation of the United States
Prentice- Hall, 1981

For more than two decades I taught courses dealing with the economic growth and development of the United States.  Much has happened since this book was published in 1981, but the challenge of "coping" with our economic system has, if anything increased over the years.
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The Academic Scribblers
  Coauthored with William Breit
         Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1971;
       Revised Edition, Dryden Press, 1981
       Third Edition, Princeton University Press, 1998
       Chinese Translation, Beijing, China, 2004
Bill Breit and I started writing Academic Scribblers while we were both faculty members at the University of Virginia in the late 1960s.  The title was taken from John Maynard Keynes'  comment that "The ideas of economists and political Philosophers, both whey they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly believed."  The book looks at the ideas and lives of 12 economists who shaped the "Keynesian Revolution" in the United States.  The third edition of the book was translated into Chinese in 2004.
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Explorations in the New Economic History
Essays in Honor of Douglass C. North
Co-edited with Richard Sutch and Gary Walton
Academic Press, 1982

When I arrived at the University of Washington in the fall of 1959 the New Economic History was still in its infancy.  During my four years in Seattle I came to appreciate the talents of one the most unique men I have ever met: Douglass North.  He got me hooked on economic history and he remains my "role model" to the present day.  This Festschrift was put together by Richard Sutch, Gary Walton and myself and presented to Doug on the occasion of his 60th Birthday. 
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