The Journal of the Civil War Era, named One of the 10 Best New Periodicals of 2011 by Library JournalThe Journal of the Civil War Era is published by UNC Press in association with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. It 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. A subscription to the journal comes with membership in the Society of Civil War Historians.

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.

Available at Project MuseIn 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.

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, is the founding editor. Judith Giesberg, of Villanova University, is the editor.

Associate Editors include Rachel Shelden of the University of Oklahoma, who coordinates book reviews, Greg Downs of the University of California, Davis, and Stacey Smith of Oregon State University. Matthew Isham of the Pennsylvania State University is the Managing Editor. The Digital Media Editor is Kristen Epps, of the University of Central Arkansas. The Journal of the Civil War Era has recruited an editorial board whose members span a wide range of specialties and theoretical engagements. Learn more at our Editors page.

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.