The Journal of the Civil War Era is published by UNC Press in association with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. It 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 offers a unique space where scholars across the many subfields that animate nineteenth-century history can enter into conversation with each other.

Besides offering fresh perspectives on the military, political, and legal history of the era, the journal covers such disparate subjects as slavery and antislavery, labor and capitalism, popular culture and intellectual history, expansionism and empire, and African American and women’s history. Moreover, The Journal of the Civil War Era is a venue where scholars engaged in the full range of theoretical perspectives that animate historical practice can find a home.

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Manuscripts: Submissions should be double spaced and not exceed 10,000 to 11,000 words, including notes (please use end notes to conform with the journal's style). The Journal of the Civil War Era prefers submissions written according to The Chicago Manual of Style. For style particular to the University of North Carolina Press, please see STET: A Handbook for Authors. The manuscript should contain nothing that identifies the author.

Abstract and Keywords: Please include an abstract and keywords on the first page of your manuscript. The abstract should be concise, between 4-8 sentences, around 100-150 words, and should provide a clear idea of the main arguments and conclusions of your essay.  Where possible, the personal pronoun should not be used, but an impersonal voice adopted: ‘This essay discusses . . .’ rather than: ‘In this essay, I discuss . . .’ Finally, please suggest 5–10 keywords which can be used for describing the content of the essay and will enable the full text of the essay to be searchable online. They are equivalent to terms in an index in a printed work. Each keyword should appear in the abstract and should not be too generalized.

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