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Caroline Janney

Promoted to Professor

Caroline E. Janney is a Professor of History. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Virginia. 

Professor Janney’s research focuses on the Civil War and how the war generation remembered the nation’s bloodiest war. Her first book, Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies’ Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (2008) explores the role of white southern women as the creators and purveyors of Confederate tradition in the immediate post-Civil War South. Her second book, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation is a volume in the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era and examines how the Civil War has been remembered between 1865 and the 1930s by northerners and southerners, men and women, white and black. Remembering the Civil War has been selected for the History Book Club and Military Book Club, and it received an honorable mention for the Avery O. Craven Award, for the most original book by a recent historian on the Civil War Era.

In addition to her monographs, Janney is the editor of John Richard Dennett’s, The South As It Is, 1865-66 and is the author of essays about the Civil War and its aftermath that have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Civil War History, the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration, Virginia’s Civil War, and the Journal of the Civil War Era.

She serves as a co-editor of the University of North Carolina Press’s Civil War America Series and is the in-coming president of the Society of Civil War Historians.

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