Local scholar Mary Ellen Snodgrass publishes Civil War and Reconstruction reference book
The Civil War Era and Reconstruction is the latest reference book from Hickory author Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Published by Sharpe Reference, the book is subtitled “An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History.”
The large-format, two-volume book contains 749 pages, plus an 85-page index. It presents overview essays in four categories: Politics and Government; Economy, Business, and Industry; Foreign Affairs; and Family, Community and Society. Nearly 500 alphabetized entries cover topics ranging from abolitionism to Yosemite Valley, with an easy-to-use Topic Finder at the front of the book. It includes a glossary; bibliography; and addresses, diary entries, legislative acts, Constitutional amendments, sermons.
Snodgrass has twice won both the American Library Association’s Booklist Editor’s Choice Award and the New York Public Library’s prestigious Best of Reference list; and has won the American Library Association’s Outstanding Reference Book award.
Snodgrass graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and from Appalachian State University, where she earned a master’s degree in English. She also holds degrees in Latin and psychology and, from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a degree in the education of gifted children. She formerly chaired the English department at Hickory High School and has taught Latin and English at Lenoir-Rhyne University. She is serving a four-year term as a governor’s appointee to the N.C. State Library Commission and is a member of the UNC-G Friends of the Library.
The Civil War Era and Reconstruction is included in Booklist’s “Fall Reference Preview: 2011." The book is not yet available, but such online sellers are accepting pre-publication orders at $249 each.