American Civil War

The War in Words

What did British officers think of the American Civil War as it was happening?

Choosing Sides

The first Native American troops to enlist for Federal service were fighting to return to their own lands.

Fake Views

The 19th-century craze for spiritualism ‘resurrected’ the dead through manipulated photography, a practice that boomed with the trauma caused by war – though it was not without its sceptics.

The Man who Haunts America

John Brown, the abolitionist firebrand, remains a potent figure in the United States’ febrile politics of race.

A Radical Pocket Book

A miniature Emancipation Proclamation helped to recruit Black soldiers during the Civil War.

Unsettled Legacy

Have dominant narratives of the American Civil War been detrimental to its emancipatory promise?

Surrender in the American Civil War

One in every four soldiers surrendered at some point during the American Civil War. It was an honourable way of accepting defeat – provided it was done under the right circumstances.