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The Journal of the Civil War Era

Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 10, 2020

Size: 6 x 9, approx 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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Institutional price – $92

We have a partnership with Duke University Press (DUP) for print subscriptions and society memberships. Agencies are eligible for a discount on the institutional rate. If you have questions about an existing subscription or membership please contact DUP Journals Services:





Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Gregory P. Downs, University of California, Davis

Founding Editor

William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Editors

Stacey Smith, Oregon State University

Luke Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Rachel Shelden, The Pennsylvania State University, Book Reviews

Digital Media Editor

Kristen Epps, University of Central Arkansas

Managing Editor

Matthew Isham, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Assistant

Megan Kessler Hildebrand, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board

Rabia Belt, Stanford Law School
Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joan Cashin, The Ohio State University
Laura Edwards, Duke University
Sarah Gardner, Mercer University
Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford University
Angela Pulley Hudson, Texas A&M University
Tera Hunter, Princeton University
Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Janne Lahti, University of Helsinki
Andrew Lang, Mississippi State University
David Silkenat, University of Edinburgh
Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles
Susannah Ural, University of Southern Mississippi

Table of Contents

Volume 10, Number 4 December 2020

Editors’ Note
Kate Masur and Gregory P. Downs


Anthony E. Kaye Memorial Essay Award
Robert Colby
“Negroes Will Bear Fabulous Prices”: The Economics of Wartime Slave Commerce and Visions of the Confederate Future

Campbell F. Scribner
Surveying the Destruction of African American Schoolhouses in the South, 1864–1876

Stephen A. West
Remembering Reconstruction in Its Twilight: Ulysses S. Grant and James G. Blaine on the Origins of Black Suffrage

Review Essay

Christopher Morris,
With “the Economics-of-Slavery Culture Wars,” It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Book Reviews
Books Received
Notes on Contributors

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