The Journal of the Civil War Era


Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 13, 2023

Size: 6 x 9, approx 150 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: Print 2154-4727; Digital 2159-9807


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

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Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Gregory P. Downs, University of California, Davis

Founding Editor

William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Editors

Catherine A. Jones, University of California, Santa Cruz, Review Essays

Megan L. Bever, Missouri Southern State University, Book Reviews

Hilary N. Green, Davidson College, Digital Media

Managing Editor

Matthew Isham, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Assistants

Heather Walser, The Pennsylvania State University
Edward P. Green, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board

Paul Barba, Bucknell University
Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland
Brandon R. Byrd, Vanderbilt University
Justene Hill Edwards, University of Virginia
Scott Hancock, Gettysburg College
Hidetaka Hirota, Sophia University
Wayne Hsieh, United States Naval Academy
Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University
Tamika Nunley, Cornell University
Erika Pani, El Colegio de México
Alaina E. Roberts, University of Pittsburgh
Yael Sternhell, Tel Aviv University
Jameson Sweet, Rutgers
Kidada E. Williams, Wayne State University

Table of Contents

Volume 13, Number 3  September 2023

Editors’ Note

Kate Masur and Gregory P. Downs


Staying in Place: Southern Methodists, the Colored
Methodist Episcopal Church, and Postwar Battles
for Control of Church Property
Sarah Barringer Gordon

“She Is a Very Smart Woman and a Great Trader”:
Enslaved and Free Black Women’s Property Claims
and Entrepreneurship in the Antebellum South
Nicole Viglini


Monuments and Memory: Civil War Statuary,
Public-Facing Scholarship, and the Future
of Memory Studies
Adam H. Domby and Karen L. Cox

Review Essay

Forgotten No Longer: Universities and Slavery in
Twenty-First-Century Scholarship and Memory
Jennifer Oast

Book Reviews
Books Received
Notes on Contributors

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