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The Civil War at 150

African American laborers on a railroad. Courtesy: Library Congress 

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2014 OAH Annual Meeting

Several sessions at the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting in Atlanta will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the momentous events of 1864, allowing distinguished historians with a wide range of perspectives to reflect on the meaning the U.S. Civil War.

Thursday April 10, 9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.
1864: Election in Wartime

10:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
1864: The Atlanta Campaign

1:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.
1864: Toward Emancipation


OAH Magazine of History

OAH Magazine of History - April 2013 - Turning Points

Civil War at 150: Turning Points (April 2013)

The April 2013 issue of the OAH Magazine of History tracks the subtle movement in people’s ideas, habits, and perceptions through the course of the war in addition to the clear, abrupt changes that mark political and military history of the conflict.

Read other recent Civil War history articles in the OAH Magazine of History and the Journal of American History.


Lectures and ConversationsLectures and Conversations - OAH Civil War at 150

To hear leading historians discussing Civil War history and remembrance, check out audio and video recordings of selected OAH Distinguished Lectures as well as audio podcast conversations.


From the OAH Archives

Selected articles on the Civil War from the OAH Magazine of History, the Journal of American History, and its predecessor, the Mississippi Valley Historical Review, offer a window onto evolving perceptions of the war and highlight how the OAH has long provided a forum for some of the most important Civil War scholarship.


Guest SpeakersOAH Distinguished Lectures

The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program offers nearly 100 historians who study and speak on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.


Award-winning Books

Since 1985, the Avery O. Craven Award has been presented annually by the OAH for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War years, and Reconstruction, with the exception of works of purely military history. (The exception recognizes and reflects Craven’s Quaker convictions.) Avery O. Craven was president of the OAH, 1963-1964.


Journal of American History

Journal of American History - September 2012 - Volume 99, No. 2

“What Twenty-First-Century Historians Have Said about the Causes of Disunion”

The September 2012 issue of the Journal of American History includes an article by Michael E. Woods that analyzes the extensive literature on causes of the war that has been published since 2000 and articulates several trends found there with regard to sectionalism, southern proslavery American nationalism, and class conflict.