Dr. Judith Giesberg delivered the annual Brose Lectures on November 6, 7, and 8, 2014. Her lectures focused on the sexual culture of Union military camps during the war. Giesberg examined how a flourishing trade in pornographic materials in Union camps led to a “spirited morality campaign to stamp it out, culminating in the passing of Comstock Laws” in the postwar period. Giesberg is the book reviews editor for The Journal of the Civil War Era and is the author of four books on the Civil War: Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women's Politics in Transition (2000),“Army at Home:” Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front (2009), Keystone State in Crisis: Pennsylvania in the Civil War (2013), and Emilie Davis's Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865 (2014).
The Brose Distinguished Lecture Series was endowed by Steven ('69) and Janice Brose to encourage senior scholars to explore fresh ways of considering the Civil War era.
In order to share this work with the public and the greater academic community, the Richards Civil War Era Center has partnered with the University of North Carolina Press to publish expanded versions of these talks.