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Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War

by Jeffrey Hummel & John Majewski

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A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army Since 1949

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