Arenson Graybill Civil War Wests cover

The book is now available for pre-order! Be the first to hold your copy, in 2015. In April 2015, the related Autry National Center exhibition will open, alongside a companion volume, Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West, edited by Virginia Scharff.

In the meantime, listen to these three-minute introductions by each of the participants! Otherwise, I can only offer some outdated announcements about previous stages from the Autry and Clements Center, and the current table of contents:

Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States

Adam Arenson, Introduction

I. Borderlands in Conflict

  • James Robbins Jewell, Thwarting Southern Schemes and British Bluster in the Pacific Northwest
  • Megan Kate Nelson, Death in the Distance: Confederate Manifest Destiny and the Campaign for New Mexico, 1861-1862
  • Lance R. Blyth, Kit Carson and the War for the Southwest: Separation and Survival along the Rio Grande, 1862-1868
  • Diane Mutti Burke, Scattered People: The Long History of Forced Eviction in the Kansas-Missouri Borderlands

 II. The Civil War is Not Over

  • Nicholas Guyatt,  “The Future Empire of our Freedmen”:  Republican Colonization Schemes in Texas and Mexico, 1861-1865
  • Gregory P. Downs, Three Faces of Sovereignty: Governing Confederate, Mexican, and Indian Texas in the Civil War Era
  • William Deverell, Redemption Falls Short: Soldier and Surgeon in the Post-Civil War Far West
  • Martha Sandweiss, Still Picture, Moving Stories: Reconstruction Comes to Indian Country

III. Borders of Citizenship

  • Joshua Paddison, Race, Religion, and Naturalization: How the West Shaped Citizenship Debates in the Reconstruction Congress
  • Virginia Scharff, Broadening the Battlefield:  Conflict, Contingency, and the Mystery of Woman Suffrage in Wyoming, 1869
  • Fay A. Yarbrough, “dis land which jines dat of Ole master’s”:  The Meaning of Citizenship for the Choctaw Freedpeople
  • Stephen Kantrowitz, “Citizen’s Clothing”: Reconstruction, Ho-Chunk Persistence, and the Politics of Dress

Steven Hahn, Epilogue
Bibliography of Secondary Sources


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