Back in April we mentioned a call for papers for the inaugural edition of The Journal of the Civil War Era, a peer-review journal published in collaboration with UNC Press and the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Pennsylvania State University. There’s been great response, and the issues are starting to take shape. We’ve got a special sample of what’s to come in issue number one.

The journal is being developed as a means of publishing creative work and fresh perspectives on military, political, and legal history of the era. With new research and understanding of the struggles in that period, The Journal of the Civil War Era will be an engaging publication with scholars addressing myriad subjects, such as popular culture, intellectual history, expansionism and the history of African Americans, women, capitalism, and more.

Subscription info:

Members of the Society of Civil War Historians receive a subscription to The Journal of the Civil War Era as a benefit of membership. To join the society, go to For non-SCWH members, individual subscriptions for one year (four issues) are currently being offered at a special pre-publication discount of $36.00/year (10% off the $40.00 regular price). Institutional subscriptions are $60.00/year.

To learn more about advertising, subscribing, or submitting papers to The Journal of the Civil War Era, you can check out the website.

Although the first issue of the quarterly journal isn’t due until March 2011, we have a sneak preview of the Table of Contents:

Volume 1, Number 1
March 2011


Editor’s Note

William Blair

Welcome to the New Journal


Edward L. Ayers and Scott Nesbit

Seeing Emancipation: Scale and Freedom in the American South

Melinda Lawson

Imagining Slavery: Representations of the Peculiar Institution on the Northern Stage,

LeeAnn Whites

Forty Shirts and a Wagonload of Wheat: Women, the Domestic Supply Line, and the
Civil War on the Western Border

Review Essay

Douglas R. Egerton

Rethinking Atlantic Historiography in a Post-Colonial Era: The Civil War in a Global

Book Reviews

Books Received

Professional Notes

Aaron Sheehan-Dean

The Nineteenth-Century U.S. History Job Market, 2000-2009

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