The Journal of the Civil War Era

Edited by Judith Giesberg, Villanova University

The Journal of the Civil War Era, vol. 8, no. 4, December 2018, Published by the University of North Carolina Press, in association with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University

Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 8, 2018

Size: 6 x 9, 150 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: 2154-4727


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. The journal was started in 2011 and is published in association with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Pennsylvania State University. For more information about the journal, visit

The Society of Civil War Historians text logoJudith Giesberg is professor of history at Villanova University. She is the editor or author of numerous books including Emilie Davis’s Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865 and Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Homefront (UNC Press).

Members of the Society of Civil War Historians receive the journal as a benefit of membership. For more information, visit the Society’s membership page.

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Founding Editor

William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University


Judith Giesberg, Villanova University

Associate Editors

Greg Downs, University of California, Davis
Stacey Smith, Oregon State University
Rachel Shelden, University of Oklahoma, Book Reviews

Managing Editor

Matthew Isham, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Assistant

Cecily Zander, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board

Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas
Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina
Brian DeLay, University of California
Laura Edwards, Duke University
Lorien Foote, Texas A&M University
Matthew Gallman, University of Florida
Lesley Gordon, University of Alabama
Steven Hahn, New York University
Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford University
Tera Hunter, Princeton University
Scott Nelson, William and Mary
Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut
Susannah Ural, University of Southern Mississippi
Fay Yarbrough, Rice University

Table of Contents

Volume 8, Number 4 December 2018

Editor’s Note
Judith Giesberg


Timothy J. Williams
The Readers’ South: Literature, Region, and Identity in the Civil War Era

Joshua A. Lynn
A Manly Doughface: James Buchanan and the Sectional Politics of Gender

Joseph T. Murphy
The British Example: West Indian Emancipation, the Freedom Principle, and the Rise of Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1833–1843

Leslie A. Schwalm
A Body of “Truly Scientific Work”: The U.S. Sanitary Commission and the Elaboration of Race in the Civil War Era

Review Essay

Erik Mathisen
The Second Slavery, Capitalism, and Emancipation in Civil War America

Book Reviews
Books Received
Notes on Contributors

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