Kevin Phillips is the author of eight books, a journalist and a national elections commentator for CBS News during l988, 1992 and 96 presidential elections
In the Cousins’ Wars, Phillips poses the question, how did Anglo-America (Great Britain and the United states) become the global power by the late nineteenth century. He finds the answer to this overarching question by analyzing the causes and results of three critical wars: the English Civil War in 1640, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. Philips marshals facts and events to show that these wars were a “crucible" of thought which British and Americans hammered out competing religious, ethnic, and social alliances to seize and maintain first place among the nations of the world.
West Virginia University historian Aaron Sheehan-Dean offers thoughts on the Library of America series The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It at Gilder Lehrman webinar on the Civil War 150 traveling exhibition. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Library of America, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.