The Society is inviting submissions for its symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression before August 21, 2023.

About The Society

The Society of Nineteenth Century Historians, in partnership with the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Augusta University, presents the 31st annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression.

Since 2000, the Symposium, formerly hosted at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga by the West Chair of Excellence in Communications and Public Affairs, the late Dr. David Sachsman, has produced nine different books of readings covering a broad range of subjects.

About the Call for Papers

The 31st annual conference is returning to an in-person format with exciting opportunities for graduate students and young scholars to gain valuable experience and feedback, not to mention networking and camaraderie, with in-person attendance. A Zoom option is available upon request.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Society to submit a paper or panel for consideration.

Themes and Sub-themes

The Society invites submissions dealing with any aspect of the US mass media of the 19th century, including the Civil War in fiction and history, freedom of expression in the 19th century, presidents and the 19th century press, the African American and immigrant press, sensationalism and crime in 19th century newspapers, and coverage of 19th century spiritualism and ghost stories. 

Submission Guidelines

Please send your paper (including a 200–300-word abstract) as a Word attachment to by August 21, 2023.

Submission Deadline

August 21, 2023

Contact Information

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