The Journal of the Civil War Era

Edited by Judith Giesberg, Villanova University

Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 7, 2017

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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Foreign Individual price – $93.50

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Founding Editor

William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University


Judith Giesberg, Villanova University

Associate Editors

Greg Downs, University of California, Davis
Kate Masur, Northwestern University
Rachel Shelden, University of Oklahoma, Book Reviews

Managing Editor

Matthew Isham, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Assistant

Tyler Sperrazza, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board

Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas
Stephen Berry, University of Georgia
Brian DeLay, University of California
Lorien Foote, Texas A&M University
Gary Gallagher, University of Virginia
Matthew Gallman, University of Florida
Leslie Gordon, University of Alabama
Steven Hahn, New York University
Tiya Miles, University of Michigan
Scott Nelson, William and Mary
Seth Rockman, Brown University
Nina Silber, Boston University
Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts
Fay Yarbrough, Rice University

Table of Contents

Volume 7, Number 4 December 2017

Crises of Sovereignty in the 1860s: A Special Issue

Guest Editor’s Note
by William A. Blair


British North America and a Continent in Dissolution: The American Civil War in the Making of Canadian Confederation
by Phillip Buckner

Disunited Daughters of the Confederations: Creoles and Canadiennes at the Intersection of Nations, States, and Empires
by Marise Bachand

Law, Allegiance, and Sovereignty in Civil War Mexico
by Erika Pani

North American Peonage
by Andrés Reséndez

Steam Transport, Sovereignty, and Empire in North America, 1850–1885
by Jay Sexton


Book Reviews
Books Received
Notes on Contributors

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