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.
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 Erais a venue where scholars engaged in race, gender, transnational, and the full range of theoretical perspectives that animate historical practice can find a home. By bringing together scholars from areas that now intersect only sporadically, the journal aims to galvanize the larger field of nineteenth-century history intellectually and professionally.
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 West Virginia 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, and we recruit scholars whose expertise encompasses a variety of historical approaches, to name a few: military, politics, culture, social, slavery, antislavery, emancipation, gender, environment, and antebellum U.S.
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.