George and Ann RichardsCivil War Era Center

Participants of the 2019 Catto-LeCount Program

2021-22 Postdoctoral Fellows Maryam Aziz, Mycah Conner, Kellen Heniford

Eva Blankenhorn ('21), Richards Center's digital humanities intern for Fall 2018 and Gettysburg National Military Park intern during the Summer of 2019


Sarah E. Gardner, the 2021 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecturer

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Colored Conventions

We Are the Richards Civil War Era Center, a scholarly home dedicated to the idea that the Civil War was fundamentally a struggle over the intersections of race, slavery, and democracy.

The Center embraces an expansive view of this crucial struggle in American history, encompassing the earliest histories of slavery to the modern struggle for civil rights. Our mission is to center these issues in academic and public understandings of the war, from its causes and conduct to its long-enduring consequences. Recognizing that this is a collective endeavor, the Center’s programming – from fellowships to events series to various publications – is dedicated to supporting scholars who share these commitments and to fostering the community that makes scholarly work possible.

“Emancipation,” Thomas Nast lithograph, circa 1865, zoomable image,” House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College,

Congratulations to Christina Snyder, McCabe Greer Professor of the American Civil War Era at Penn State and Richards Center affiliate faculty, who has been awarded...
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