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The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era

The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era

Lincoln's ProclamationThe University of North Carolina Press, in partnership with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State, launched The Journal of the Civil War Era in March 2011. Former Richards Center Director William Blair was the founding editor of the journal. In 2016, Blair passed the editorial reins to Judith Giesberg of Villanova University, and in 2020 Kate Masur, Northwestern University, and Gregory Downs, University of California, Davis, succeeded Giesberg as editors.

The journal offers a unique space where scholars across the many subfields that animate nineteenth-century history can enter into conversation with each other. Besides offering fresh perspectives on the military, political, and legal history of the era, the journal covers such disparate subjects as slavery and antislavery, labor and capitalism, popular culture and intellectual history, expansionism and empire, and African American and women’s history. Moreover, The Journal of the Civil War Era is a venue where scholars engaged in studying race, gender, and transnational topics, and the full range of theoretical perspectives that animate historical practice, can find a home.

The Second American Revolution

The Second American Revolution: The Civil War-Era Struggle Over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic

Gregory P. Downs

(2019)

Sex and the Civil War

Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality

Judith Giesberg

(2017) 

Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era

Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era 

Tiya Miles

(2015) 

The World the Civil War Made

The World the Civil War Made

Gregory P. Downs and Kate Masur, editors

(2015)

Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

Making Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Politics of Slavery

Richard J. M. Blackett

(2013)

With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other

With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other

Carol Reardon

(2012)

Lincoln's Proclamation:  Emancipation Reconsidered

Lincoln’s Proclamation:  Emancipation Reconsidered

William A. Blair and Karen Younger, editors

(2009)

Gender and the Sectional Conflict

Gender and the Sectional Conflict

Nina Silber

(2008)

Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War

Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War

Gary Gallagher

(2008)

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

Mark Noll

(2006)

The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era

The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era

Mark E. Neely, Jr.

(2005)