Edward L. Ayers



Edward Ayers is President Emeritus of the University of Richmond, where he now serves as Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities. Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.

A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited 10 books. The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on t
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In the Presence of Mine Ene...

4.02 avg rating — 393 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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The Promise of the New Sout...

3.86 avg rating — 168 ratings — published 1992 — 9 editions
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The Thin Light of Freedom: ...

4.22 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2017 — 6 editions
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What Caused the Civil War?:...

3.60 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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America's War: Talking abou...

3.78 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Southern Crossing: A Histor...

3.60 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 1994
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The Oxford Book of the Amer...

4.08 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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American Anthem Modern Amer...

3.83 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
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A New History of the Americ...

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All Over the Map: Rethinkin...

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“The average adult slave cost about 1,200 dollars in 1860, the equivalent to about 24,000 dollars today, so the 5,500 enslaved people of Augusta were worth over 6 million dollars to their owners, equal to 120 million dollars today.”
Edward L. Ayers, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

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