Buying and Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America

with editors James Marten and Caroline E. Janney

May 11, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

May is for Memory! In light of Memorial Day, a holiday-inspired by the aftermath of the Civil War, The Mount invites James Marten and Caroline E. Janney to discuss their upcoming collection of essays, Buying and Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America. This online discussion will be moderated by journalist Julie Scelfo as our speakers explore the formation of national, collective memory in the wake of an earth-shattering event.

This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities.



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James Marten
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James Marten is professor of history at Marquette University, and a past President of the Society of Civil War Historians. He has written or edited a number of books on the sectional conflict, including Texas Divided: Loyalty and Dissent in the Lone Star State, 1854-1876(1990); The Children’s Civil War (1998); Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front (2003); Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (2011); Children and Youth during the Civil War Era (2012); and America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (2014). The Children’s Civil War won the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit National Book Award for History in 1999 and was named an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine.

Caroline E. Janney
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Caroline E. Janney is the John L. Nau III Professor of the American Civil War and Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she worked as a historian for the National Park Service and taught at Purdue University before returning to Virginia in 2018. An active public lecturer, she has given presentations at locations across the globe. She is a speaker with the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship program and a recipient of the Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. She serves as a co-editor of the University of North Carolina Press’s Civil War America Series and is the past president of the Society of Civil War Historians. She has published seven books, including Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (2013) and Ends of War: The Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox (available summer 2021).

Julie Scelfo

Julie Scelfo is a journalist, author and justice advocate who helps people discover the forces that help shape human thinking. Previously, Scelfo was a staff writer for The New York Times, and a Correspondent at Newsweek where she covered breaking news. Scelfo is the author of The Women Who Made New York, a collection of intersectional biographies that reveal how it was women — and not just men — who built one of the world’s greatest cities. Scelfo earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Media Ecology from New York University. She lives in New York City, is a frequent public speaker and has made numerous appearances on television, radio and podcasts.