Re: Indulging Research Tangents: Interpreting Evidence Through the Lens of Age Differences

Dan's opening example made me think (once again) of the different perspectives one brings if one approaches Civil War-era documents with training in other historical fields. Recent years have seen the emergence, for example, of “girlhood studies” and especially of “Black girlhood” in ways that deeply inform my project. Scholarship on both free Black childhood in the nineteenth-century US and enslaved Black childhood in the nineteenth-century are deeply important to my interpretation of a range of documents.

Author Interview--John Patrick Daly (The War after the War) Part 1

Hello H-CivWar Readers:

Today we feature John Patrick Daly to talk about his new book, The War after the War: A New History of Reconstruction, published by the University of Georgia Press in June 2022.

John Patrick Daly is associate professor of history at SUNY Brockport. He also published When Slavery Was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, and the Causes of the Civil War.

TOC: The Civil War Monitor (Fall 2022)


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