Introducing The Journal of the Civil War Era: Call for Papers

Manuscripts are being solicited for a new peer-review journal that incorporates a broad view of the Civil War era. Published in collaboration with The University of North Carolina Press and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at the Pennsylvania State University, The Journal of the Civil War Era will launch its inaugural issue in March 2011.

William Blair, of the Pennsylvania State University, serves as founding editor, and Anthony Kaye, of Penn State, and Aaron-Sheehan Dean, of the University of North Florida, are associate editors. The new journal will take advantage of the flowering of research on the many issues raised by the sectional crisis, war, Reconstruction, and memory of the 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 military, political, and legal history of the era, articles, essays, and reviews will attend to such topics as slavery and antislavery, labor and capitalism, popular culture and intellectual history, expansionism and empire, as well as Native American, African American, and women’s history. The editors also intend The Journal of the Civil War Era to be a venue for scholars engaged in race, gender, transnational, and the full range of theoretical perspectives that animate historical practice.

The editors are recruiting an editorial board that reflects the wide range of specialties and theoretical engagements that form the scope of this publication. Board members include:

Nancy Bercaw, University of Mississippi
Stephen Berry, University of Georgia
David Blight, Yale University
Peter Carmichael, West Virginia University
Gary Gallagher, University of Virginia
Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan
Christopher Morris, University of Texas at Arlington
Carol Reardon, the Pennsylvania State University
Seth Rockman, Brown University
Leslie Schwalm, University of Iowa

The Journal of the Civil War Era has been adopted by the Society of Civil War Historians, providing a substantial readership base that will provide authors with visibility.

Manuscript submissions and inquiries about guidelines should be sent to William Blair, Editor, The Journal of the Civil War Era (wab120 [at]psu[dot]edu). 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. Queries concerning book reviews should go to Anthony E. Kaye (aek12[at]psu[dot]edu).

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

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