The Journal of the Civil War Era


Frequency: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 12, 2022

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

Luke Harlow, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Review Essays

Kathryn Shively, Virginia Commonwealth University, Book Reviews

Hilary N. Green, Davidson College, Digital Media

Managing Editor

Matthew Isham, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Assistant

Heather Walser, The Pennsylvania State University

Editorial Board

Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland
Brandon R. Byrd, Vanderbilt University
Joan E. Cashin, The Ohio State University
Sarah Gardner, Mercer University
Scott Hancock, Gettysburg College
Hidetaka Hirota, Sophia University
Wayne Hsieh, United States Naval Academy
Janne Lahti, University of Helsinki
Andrew Lang, Mississippi State 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

Table of Contents

Volume 12, Number 4  December 2022

Special Issue: Archives and Nineteenth-Century African American History

Researching Nineteenth-Century African American History
Leslie M. Harris and Daina Ramey Berry 


“No Perfect Archive”: Recovering Histories
of Enslaved People at Abingdon Plantation
Thomas A. Foster

The Stability of Fortunes: A Free Black Woman,
Her Legacy, and the Legal Archive in Antebellum New Orleans
Kimberly Welch

Partial Portraits: African Americans in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine
Jasmine Nichole Cobb

Tracing the Intimate Histories of Poor Black Women in the Late-Nineteenth-Century US South
Brandi C. Brimmer

Book Reviews
Books Received
Notes on Contributors

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