The Civil War at 150

Two men working on a railroad while three other men look on

African American laborers on a railroad. Courtesy: Library Congress 

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Featured Resources

New York Times Disunion Blog Considers War's End

Since 2011, the New York Times has produced a compelling online discussion of Civil War history as part of its "Opinionator" section, including many articles from OAH members. In these posts from spring and summer 2015:

OAH Distinguished Lecturer Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School discusses "How the Civil War Changed the Constitution"

OAH Distinguished Lecturer Ari Kelman of Penn State University, with coauthor Boyd Cothran of York University, explains "How the Civil War Became the Indian Wars."

Studying the Civil War

In this video, originally broadcast on C-SPAN, OAH Distinguished Lecturers Caroline Janney of Purdue University and Peter Carmichael of Gettysburg College talk about Civil War history scholarship, exciting new areas for research, and how they continue to help students understand this conflict. Recorded at the OAH annual meeting in Atlanta in April 2014.

Lectures and Conversations

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 Speakers

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.


Read special issues devoted to Civil War history and Abraham Lincoln by the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History.