Behind the Lines

An Interview with Caroline Janney

Posted 6/28/2013 By David K. Thomson


Our conversation with Caroline Janney, an associate professor of history at Purdue University and author of Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation published by the University of North Carolina Press. In this interview, Janney addresses how the wartime generation—black and white, men and women—remembered this most famous of conflicts. She pushes back against the strength of the reconciliationist narrative and emphasizes how much traction each side's respective causes held into the 20th century. Janney also discusses her time in the classroom and her approach when discussing the Civil War.

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