This month's Journal of Civil War History will publish an issue devoted to the Emancipation Proclamation. It will feature scholarship put together for the University of Michigan Law School's October 2012 conference and exhibit Proclaiming Emancipation." Cribbing now from Michigan's press release on the issue:
The University of Michigan Law School exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation—and challenging its myths—may have come and gone, but the conversation it inspired will continue when scholarly contributions to that project are published this month in The Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 3, No. 4.
"Through the journal, we are able to give what we did on campus a life beyond a moment or a day," said exhibit co-curator Martha S. Jones, associate professor of history and co-director of the Program in Race, Law & History. "The conversation on emancipation is ongoing and the interpretation is ever-changing, reflective of the times."
Edited by William Blair, a research professor at Penn State, the journal features an introduction and article from Jones, along with works by William J. Novak, Michigan Law's Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law; James Oakes, distinguished professor at City University New York; Stephen Sawyer, associate professor at The American University of Paris; Thavolia Glymph, associate professor at Duke University; and Michael Vorenberg, associate professor at Brown University. ...
In all, the journal features works from six of the conference's original eight presenters, including Jones, whose installment, "Emancipation Encounters: The Meaning of Freedom from the Pages of Civil War Sketchbooks," contains the first images ever published by the The Journal of the Civil War Era, and Novak, who co-authored his article, "Emancipation and the Creation of Modern Liberal States in America and France," with Stephen Sawyer from The American University of Paris.
The collection is, in part, a result of the October 2012 "Proclaiming Emancipation" exhibit and conference at Michigan Law. A joint effort by the Program in Race, Law & History, the William L. Clements Library, and The University of Michigan Library, the conference drew scholars from across the country to not only commemorate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation, but also to challenge the record of emancipation, replacing myth with history, Jones said.