rachel a. shelden is associate professor of history at Penn State University and the director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. She is the author of Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (2013).
laura f. edwards is the Peabody Family Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University as well as an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation.
matthew karp is associate professor of history at Princeton University and the author of This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (2016).
jack furniss received his PhD from the University of Virginia in 2018 before taking up a position as a postdoctoral visiting research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.
william a. blair is Ferree Professor Emeritus of Middle American History and the founding editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era.
kate masur is associate professor of history at Northwestern University. She is author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (2010) and editor, with Gregory P. Downs, of The World the Civil War Made (2015).
frank towers is associate professor of history at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He has published on the Civil War era's cities, politics, and historiography. [End Page 674]