We are very pleased to announce the publication of our December 2016 issue. To our subscribers, you should find your copy in your mailbox soon, but here is the editor’s note previewing the exciting work being done in Civil War… Continue Reading Editor’s Note: Journal of the Civil War Era December 2016 Issue by Judy Giesberg
As an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, the SCWH can co-sponsor panels at the AHA conferences. This is a fine way to ensure that there are Civil War-era panels on the AHA program and, in doing so, to… Continue Reading The Outreach and Membership Committee announces two initiatives related to conferences:
Plantation tours offer an abundance of learning opportunities, but they can also offer a stereotypical, even anachronistic, portrayal of slavery and life in the Old South. For instance, a tour guide at the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site near Brunswick, Georgia,… Continue Reading The Plantation Tour Disaster: Teaching Slavery, Memory, and Public History by Niels Eichhorn, assistant professor of history at Middle Georgia State University.
Colson Whitehead’s eerily brilliant and deceptively simple novel, The Underground Railroad, is much more than a fictional account of historical reality. Like all inspired works of art, the book, even at its most fantastical, deftly unearths the horrible truth at… Continue Reading The Underground Railroad in Art and History: A Review of Colson Whitehead’s Novel by Manisha Sinha
In November 2015, two Princeton economists, Dr. Angus Deaton and Dr. Anne Case, published a startling report, which indicated that the mortality rates of poorly educated middle-aged white Americans had skyrocketed. These mortality rates, Deaton and Case argued, were not… Continue Reading Civil War Veterans and Opiate Addiction in the Gilded Age by Dillon Carroll