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Abolition and the American Civil War

Cover: Becoming Free in the Cotton South

Becoming Free in the Cotton South

Susan Eva O’Donovan

Cover: John Brown’s Trial

John Brown’s Trial

Brian McGinty

Cover: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself

Frederick Douglass, with an introduction by Robert B. Stepto

Cover: Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Or, Life Among the Lowly

Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Or, Life Among the Lowly

Harriet Beecher Stowe, with an introduction by David Bromwich

Cover: Stealing Lincoln’s Body

Stealing Lincoln’s Body

Thomas J. Craughwell

Cover: The Confederate War

The Confederate War

Gary W. Gallagher

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Who We Might Have Been, and Who We Will Become

Who among us hasn’t considered what our lives would be like if we had taken alternate paths, made different decisions? Storytellers of every stripe write of the lives we didn’t have, says Andrew H. Miller, author of On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives. As we live through a worldwide pandemic, the ideas of what might have been are even more appealing. Much like the adolescents on the verge of adulthood in Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, Miller tells us, we wait to see what comes next.