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Civil War History: Archive

March 2022, Volume 68, No. 1

Mar 7th, 2022


Thavolia Glymph Roundtable
Moderated by Tamika Nunley, with participants Catherine Clinton, Crystal Feimster, Marisa Fuentes, Gary Gallagher, and Steven Hahn

Inventing White Supremacy: Race, Print Culture, and the Civil War Draft Riots
By Jonathan Daniel Wells

A Stumping Sucker: Reception of Abraham Lincoln in Massachusetts, September 11–13, 1848
By David Demaree


MARIA CARRILLO COLATO is associate archivist in the Division of Special Collections of A. K. Smiley Public Library and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. She completed her graduate work at University of California, Riverside, where she focused on history with an emphasis on public history. She has worked in museums and special collections in southern California since 2006 and has helped lead tours of Civil War battlefield sites across the American South. She has coauthored two books on the history of Redlands, including Redlands in World War I.

CATHERINE CLINTON is the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is the author or editor of over thirty books, including Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War, and Confederate Statues and Memorialization. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, she is currently working on a study of Union soldiers and insanity during and after the American Civil War.

DAVID DEMAREE holds a PhD in history from Kent State University. He is currently revising his dissertation, “Consuming Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln’s Western Manhood in the Urban Northeast, 1848–1861,” for book publication.

CRYSTAL N. FEIMSTER is associate professor in the Departments of African American Studies and History and the Programs of American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is the author of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, which won the North East Black Studies Association 2010 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Prize and received Honorable Mention for the Organization of American Historians’ 2010 Darlene Clark Hine Award. She is currently completing “Truth Be Told: The Battle for Freedom in Civil War Era Louisiana,” a case study that centers Louisiana as part of a formative moment in the emergence of new ideas about freedom and citizenship in America.

MARISA J. FUENTES is Presidential Term Chair in African American History and associate professor of history and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Rutgers University. Her monograph Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence,and the Archive won book prizes from Berkshires Conference of Women Historians, the Caribbean Studies Association, and the Association of Black Women Historians. Fuentes is coeditor of Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, Volumes I, II, and III. Fuentes’s new research focuses on the transatlantic slave trade, racial capitalism, and black disposability.

GARY W. GALLAGHER is the John L. Nau III Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He has published widely on the era of the Civil War and how it has been remembered. His most recent book, published in 2020, is The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis.

BARBARA A. GANNON is associate professor at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic, which won the Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History and received an honorable mention from the 2012 Lincoln Prize jury, as well as Americans Remember their Civil War. She has also published a number of essays and articles on subjects related to the Civil War, its memory, and American veterans.

STEVEN HAHN teaches history at New York University. He is the author of The Roots of Southern Populism, A Nation under Our Feet, and A Nation without Borders and is the coeditor of Freedom: A Documentary History of Slave Emancipation, 1861–1867. He is the current president of the Southern Historical Association. He has also been active in prison education programs and other nontraditional teaching.

TAMIKA NUNLEY is associate professor of history at Cornell University. Her 2021 book, At the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C., examines African American women’s strategies of self-definition in the contexts of slavery, fugitivity, courts, schools, streets, and the government during the Civil War era. In addition to being a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians, she serves on the editorial board of Civil War History and on committees for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Southern Historical Association. Her work has been supported by the Andrew Mellon and Woodrow Wilson foundations as well as the American Association of University Women.

JONATHAN DANIEL WELLS is professor of history in the Residential College, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Origins of the Southern Middle Class: 1820–1861, Women Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth-Century South, The Southern Middle Class in the Long Nineteenth Century, and A House Divided: The Civil War and Nineteenth-Century America.

MICHAEL E. WOODS is associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson. He is the author of three books, including Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy and Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States, which received the Southern Historical Association’s James A. Rawley Award in 2015.


Book Reviews

Calhoun: American Heretic, by Robert Elder
Reviewed by Michael E. Woods

West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire, by Kevin Waite
Reviewed by Maria Carrillo

War Is All Hell: The Nature of Evil and the Civil War, by Edward J. Blum and John H. Matsui
Reviewed by Barbara Gannon