Forum: The Future of Civil War Studies

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Call for Papers


Manuscripts are being solicited for The Journal of the Civil War Era. All material should be double spaced and not exceed 10,000 to 11,000 words, including notes.

Electronic submissions are welcome, but please include an attachment that serves as a cover letter with contact information.

Manuscript submissions and inquiries about guidelines should be sent to William Blair, Editor, The Journal of the Civil War Era, at

Queries concerning book reviews should go to Judith Giesberg at judith.giesberg

The editorial home for the journal is the Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University, 108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802.

Welcome to The Journal of the Civil War Era

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The Journal of the Civil War Era publishes the most creative new work on the many issues raised by the sectional crisis, war, Reconstruction, and memory of the country’s signal conflict, while bringing fresh understanding to the struggles that defined the period, and by extension, the course of American history in the nineteenth century.

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 race, gender, transnational, and the full range of theoretical perspectives that animate historical practice can find a home.

In addition to peer-reviewed, cutting-edge scholarship, the journal offers a variety of other elements designed to engage historians, sharpen debate, and hone practices in the profession, in the classroom, and in theory and method.

  • Review essays that analyze emergent themes and map new directions in historiography.
  • Book reviews by experienced, published scholars that offer critical perspectives on key works in the field and the discipline.
  • Reviews of films, digital archive collections, websites, museum exhibitions, and interventions in other media.
  • Columns on the profession that alert readers to recent issues in the job market, teaching, and technology and help historians of the Civil War Era find the leading edge of these trends.

The University of North Carolina Press and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at the Pennsylvania State University launched The Journal of the Civil War Era in March 2011. William Blair, of the Pennsylvania State University, serves as founding editor.

Associate Editors include Judith Giesberg of Villanova University, who coordinates book reviews, Anthony E. Kaye of the Pennsylvania State University and Aaron Sheehan-Dean of Louisiana State University. Matthew Isham of the Pennsylvania State University is the Managing Editor. The Journal of the Civil War Era has recruited an editorial board whose members span a wide range of specialties and theoretical engagements.

We invite interested scholars of all fields, methods, and orientation to submit manuscripts, proposals, and the names of other scholars who might contribute to the journal.

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