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June 2024, Volume 70, No. 2

May 16th, 2024


“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Roundtable on the Cultural Legacy of Eric W. Lott’s Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class on Its Thirtieth Anniversary
Moderator: Rhae Lynn Barnes Participants: Daphne A. Brooks, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Scott Gac, Matthew Frye Jacobson, Josephine Lee, and David R. Roediger

The Human Sacrifice: The Trial of Lucy Bagby and the Secession Crisis
Daniel W. Sunshine


RHAE LYNN BARNES is assistant professor at Princeton University and Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University (2022–23). She is coeditor of After Life: A Collective History of Loss and Redemption in Pandemic America (2022) and author, most recently, of Darkology: When the American Dream Wore Blackface (2024).

KEITH BOHANNON is professor of history and teaches courses on the history of Georgia, the antebellum South, Jacksonian America, and the US Civil War and Reconstruction. His research focus is on the interaction during the Civil War between the soldiers and civilians on the battlefield and home front.

DAPHNE A. BROOKS is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performancesof Race and Freedom, 1850–1910 (2006), winner of the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from the American Society for Theatre Research; Jeff Buckley’s Grace (2005); and Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound (2021).

ELIZABETH MADDOCK DILLON is Distinguished Professor of English at Northeastern University. She is the author of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649–1849 (2014), which won the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research, and The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (2004), which won the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the Humanities at Yale University.

SCOTT GAC is director of American Studies and associate professor of American Studies and History at Trinity College. He is the author of Born in Blood: Violence and the Making of America (2024) and Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Culture of Antebellum Reform (2007).

KEITH BOHANNON is professor of history and teaches courses on the history of Georgia, the antebellum South, Jacksonian American, and the US Civil War and Reconstruction. His research focus is on the interaction during the Civil War between the soldiers and civilians on the battlefield and home front.

J. MATTHEW GALLMAN has taught most recently at the University of Florida and is the author of five books, including Defining Duty: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front, which won the John L. Nau III Book Prize in American Civil War History in 2015.

MATTHEW FRYE JACOBSON is Sterling Professor of American Studies and History. He is the author of eight books on race, politics, and culture in the United States, including Dancing Down the Barricades: Sammy Davis Jr. and the Long Civil Rights Era (2023); Odetta’s One Grain of Sand (2019); The Historian’s Eye: Photography, History, and the American Present (2018); Roots Too: White Ethnic Revival in Post–Civil Rights America (2005). He also served as creator, writer, and lead researcher for the film A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball’s Desegregation (2019), which garnered the 2019 Golden Telly Award in the General Television Documentary category.

CHRISTOPHER LYNCH is the project coordinator in the Department of Archives and Special Collections at the Center for American Music. His work focuses on opera, song, and musical theater in the United States from the Civil War era through the post–World War II period. With James A. Davis, Lynch has edited Listening across Borders: Musicology in the Global Classroom (2022).

MITCHELL G. KLINGENBERG is a military historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Now a member of the faculty at the US Army Command and General Staff College, he has taught previously at the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.

JOSEPHINE LEE is professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota and the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Lee’s recent books include Oriental, Black, and White: The Formation of Racial Habits in American Theater (2022) and the edited collection Milestones in Asian American Theatre (2023). Her previous books include The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2010) and Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage (1997).

DAVID ROEDIGER is the Foundation Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches and writes on race and class in the United States. His recent books include Class, Race and Marxism, Seizing Freedom (2017) and, with Elizabeth Esch, The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in U.S. History (2012). His older writings on race, immigration, and working-class history include The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (1991) and Working toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs (2005).

DANIEL W. SUNSHINE is a postdoctoral fellow in history with the East Marshall Street Well Project, a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and a descendant community group working to research and memorialize the victims of medical graverobbing in nineteenth-century Richmond. He is also associate director of the VCU Health Humanities Lab.


Book Reviews

The Democratic Collapse: How Gender Politics Broke a Party and a Nation 1856–1861,
by Lauren M. Haumesser

Reviewed by J. Matthew Gallman

American Catholics and the Quest for Equality in the Civil War Era,
by Robert Emmett Curran
Reviewed by Maura Jane Farrelly

Irish American Civil War Songs: Identity, Loyalty, and Nationhood,
by Catherine V. Bateson
Reviewed by Christopher Lynch

Civil War Field Artillery: Promise and Performance on the Battlefield,
by Earl J. Hess
Reviewed by Mitchell G. Klingenberg

The Last Fire-Eater: Roger A. Pryor and the Search for a Southern Identity,
by William A. Link
Reviewed by Keith S. Bohannon