The Journal of the Civil War Era


Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 11, 2021

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

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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Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Gregory P. Downs, University of California, Davis

Founding Editor

William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Editors

Luke Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Review Essays

Kathryn Shively, Virginia Commonwealth University, Book Reviews

Hilary N. Green, University of Alabama, Digital Media

Managing Editor

Matthew Isham, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Assistant

Edward Green, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board

Rabia Belt, Stanford University
Brandon R. Byrd, Vanderbilt University
Joan E. Cashin, The Ohio State University
Sarah Gardner, Mercer University
Scott Hancock, Gettysburg College
Hidetaka Hirota, Sophia University
Angela Pulley Hudson, Texas A&M University
Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin
Janne Lahti, University of Helsinki
Andrew Lang, Mississippi State University
Alaina E. Roberts, University of Pittsburgh
David Silkenat, University of Edinburgh
Yael Sternhell, Tel Aviv University
Brenda Stevenson, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Volume 11, Number 3  September 2021

Immigration in the Civil War Era
A Special Issue

Guest Editors’ Note
Katherine Carper and Kevin Kenny


Black Migrants and Border Regulation in the Early United States
Michael A. Shoeppner

The Migration Business and the Shift from State to Federal Immigration Regulation
Katherine Carper

The Antislavery Origins of US Immigration Policy
Kevin Kenny

Reconstructing the Immigrant: The Naturalization Act of 1870 in Global Perspective
Lucy E. Salyer

Book Reviews
Books Received
Notes on Contributors

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