Journalists, pundits, the public, and even some scholars love to celebrate James Polk as a “man of destiny,” successful president, “a political chess master,” and an “expansionist leader” with a “republican vision” who, through “extraordinary diligence,” worked to “spread the… Continue Reading In “Defense” of James Buchanan by Michael Todd Landis
As 2017 begins, the editorial staff at The Journal of the Civil War Era wishes you a Happy New Year! If you are interested in submitting work to the journal, please check out our submissions page for more details. Here at… Continue Reading Muster – New Year, New Look!
“I have now spent ten difficult holidays without my late husband…so, why am I still surprised a decade later, when my mostly healed heart, breaks back open during the holidays like clockwork? Just what is it about the holidays that… Continue Reading Christmas Mourning, Confederate Widows, and the Aftermath of the Civil War by Angela Esco Elder
At this critical juncture in our history, a new American president will be sworn into office with a nation that appears very divided. Chief among the decisions weighing on Donald Trump’s mind should be how to set up an administration… Continue Reading Harmony Amidst Division: The Cabinet of James Buchanan by Rick Allen
There has been much recent discussion of the three-fifths clause of the Constitution, which boosted slaveholding states’ representation in the Electoral College by including for apportionment a population that received no benefits from government. Scholars have debated how this influenced… Continue Reading Did Disenfranchisement Give the South an Electoral Advantage? by Patrick Rael