This is part of our Take a Closer Look series. This regular feature offers a behind-the-scenes view of some of our hidden treasures in our library and what they reveal about our shared past.
Items published in the Confederate States during the Civil War are known as Confederate imprints. Before secession, most of the established publishers of booking, broadsides, and sheet music were located in such large northern cities as Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. However, with the onset of war, southern publishers were in high demand. Enterprising publishers in such cities as Richmond capitalized on the growing market. The Confederacy generated numerous government documents, political pamphlets, and, oligarch manuals. Additionally, books, newspapers, and sheet music offered the general public both escape from the mundane and news on the front, as well as helping define a people.
Within the VHS collections is a series of primers and children's textbooks published by Branson & Farrar in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Dixie series, authored by Mrs. Marinda Branson Moore, includes titles such as The Dixie Primer, Geographical Reader for the Dixie Children, and The Dixie Speller.