Purdue historian named president-elect of the Society of Civil War Historians

August 28, 2013  


Caroline E. Janney

Caroline E. Janney, a Purdue University associate professor of history, has been selected as the 2014-16 president of the Society of Civil War Historians. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Caroline E. Janney, a Purdue University associate professor of history, has been selected as the 2014-16 president of the Society of Civil War Historians.

Janney's research focuses on Civil War history and memory. She is the author "Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation" and "Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause."

She is an expert in the role the southern women in Ladies' Memorial Associations played after the Civil War in memorializing and honoring Confederate soldiers.

She is currently president-elect and will serve as president from 2014-2016. Her presidency falls during the 150th anniversary of the four-year war that took place 1861-1865.

"I am especially looking forward to this role during a time when there is so much excitement and enthusiasm about this time in America's history," Janney said. "I am honored that I was selected, and look forward to collaborating with the nation's best Civil War historians."

She will be inducted at the 2014 biennial meeting, which will be held in June in Baltimore.

The Society of Civil War Historians began in 1984 and it publishes the Journal of the Civil War Era and awards the annual Tom Watson Brown Book Prize for the best book on the Civil War. Florida Atlantic University serves as the organizational home for the Society of Civil War Historians and Penn State's Richards Civil War Era Center co-sponsors the journal and manages the biennial conference.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Caroline Janney, cjanney@purdue.edu 

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