The Wabash History Department invites the community to a lecture by Dr. Caroline E. Janney, who will speak Monday on women of the Civil War.
Dr. Janney is Associate Professor of the Department of History at Purdue University. Her talk, “If Not for the Ladies: The Civil War, Women, and the Lost Cause,” at 4:15 p.m. in the Lovell Lecture Room in Baxter Hall.
Dr. Janney is the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, and her visit is sponsored by the History Department and the Hadley Institute of American Origins. She specializes in Civil War, reconstruction, the history of American women, gender history, and the United States South.
She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Virginia. Her first book, Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (2008) explores the role of white southern women as the creators and purveyors of Confederate tradition in the immediate post-Civil War South.
Her second book will examine how the Civil War has been remembered between 1865 and the 1930s. She is particularly interested in ideas about reunion and reconciliation.