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The Journal of the Civil War Era

The Journal of the Civil War Era

William Blair, Editor

Judith Giesberg, Associate Editor

Anthony E. Kaye, Associate Editor

Kate Masur, Associate Editor

Matthew Isham, Managing Editor

William Cossen, Editorial Assistant

Published by The University of North Carolina Press in association with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University

The Journal of the Civil War Era

The University of North Carolina Press, in partnership with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State, launched The Journal of the Civil War Era in March 2011, with William Blair, Director of the Richards Center, serving as founding editor. He is joined by associate editors Judith Giesberg (who coordinates book reviews), Anthony Kaye, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, and Managing Editor Matthew Isham. The journal is an exciting new gathering place for scholars in various historical disciplines that aims to create consistent dialogue and scholarly interactions among historians in disparate subfields in order to stimulate fresh, new scholarship and, in the words of UNC Press, "galvanize the larger field of nineteenth-century history intellectually and professionally." The journal has published articles on such topics as popular comedy in the Civil War era, the mental and physical health of soldiers during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, representations of slavery in northern theater in the 1800s, and the 1860s as a period of crisis throughout North America, among others.

George and Ann Richards Prize

Thavolia Glymph has won the George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in The Journal of the Civil War Era in 2013. Her article, “Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” appeared in the December issue. The article was selected for the award by a two-person panel consisting of past Richards Prize winners. The prize earns the recipient a $1,000 award.

Glymph’s essay tells the story of Rose, who was among the leaders of a slave insurrection in South Carolina during the Civil War. Challenging our focus on the legal genesis of wartime emancipation and its impact on enslaved men, the essay highlights the often violent means by which enslaved women, as well as men, sought to claim their freedom during the conflict. Praising this approach, the prize committee announced, “We were impressed by the compelling narrative of war and emancipation that Dr. Glymph wove from scraps of an enslaved woman’s life. We also admired the way she connected localized slave insurgency with the larger military war effort during the waning days of the war, as well as her nuanced explanation of women’s role as both the creators and recorders of armed rebellion. For all of these reasons, we find this article to be an example of outstanding historical research and writing, the kind that can inspire established scholars and students alike.”

Thavolia Glymph is associate professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University and a faculty affiliate of the Duke Population Research Institute. She is a scholar of the US South, slavery and emancipation, comparative emancipation, the Civil War, and southern women. She is the author of Out of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household.

Awarded annually, the prize recognizes the generosity of George and Ann Richards, who have been instrumental in the growth of the Richards Civil War Era Center and in the founding of The Journal of the Civil War Era.

Previous Richards Prize winners:

* 2012: Carole Emberton, University at Buffalo (SUNY) for her article, "'Only Murder Makes Mens': Reconsidering the Black Military Experience"

* 2011: Anne Marshall, Mississippi State University for her article, "The 1906 Uncle Tom's Cabin and Politics of Race and Memory in Early-Twentieth-Century Kentucky"

One of the ten best new periodicals of 2011

The Library Journal, the largest and most respected trade publication for the library profession, selected The Journal of the Civil War Era as one of the ten best new periodicals of 2011. It praised the journal for its "meticulous" and "accessible" research articles and its "breadth of topics." The journal earned special consideration for publishing articles that are aimed at scholars while also appealing to general readers. The Library Journal has been publishing since 1876, when it was established by Melville Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal cataloging system.

Official journal of the Society of Civil War Historians

The Journal of the Civil War Era has been adopted by the Society of Civil War Historians, providing a substantial readership base that provides authors with significant visibility. Society members automatically receive a subscription to the journal.

Call for Papers

The journal solicits manuscripts on an ongoing basis and particularly seeks manuscripts that incorporate a broad view of the Civil War era. Besides offering fresh perspectives on military, political, and legal history of the era, articles, essays, and reviews 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 journal also serves as a venue for scholars engaged in the study of race, gender, and transnational issues in the 19th century, as well as the full range of theoretical perspectives that animate historical practice.

Manuscript submissions and inquiries about guidelines can be sent to William Blair, Editor, The Journal of the Civil War Era, at All material should be double spaced and not exceed roughly 40 pages, 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 Judith Giesberg at 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. For subscriptions and advertising, please contact Suzi Waters at The University of North Carolina Press at