Edward Ayers

The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

What Caused the Civil War?: Reflections on the South and Southern History

In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1864

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Edward L. Ayers, author of The Thin Light of Freedom, is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal from President Obama, and is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond.