CFP (Book): “Buying and Selling the Civil War”

Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University and James Marten of Marquette University have issued a call for proposals for essays for an anthology with the working title “Buying and Selling the Civil War.” Each essay will provide a case study of a product, experience, or idea related to remembrance of the war; of products acknowledging the outcomes of the war; or of products marketed specifically to Americans who participated in the war (veterans, for instance, or widows). According to the editors:
Authors will be asked to identify not only the products being marketed and consumed, but also the meaning of those products: How did sellers “pitch” their products, and what did buyers believe they were buying? Among the possibilities are status and recognition in their communities; a sense of redemption for war-time failures; ways to connect family histories to national history; forms of investment in the future; ways to recover from war-time traumas; hopes of making a political statement. 
Although the time period to be covered is generally the Gilded Age, the editors will consider a broader time period. Essays will be limited to 6,000 words (before notes). Authors will be encouraged to provide one or two illustrations for each essay.
     Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a brief CV and should be sent to no later than May 15, 2018. First drafts of selected essays will be due in early 2019. Please direct queries to or
    For more details, please see the full call for proposals.