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John M. Sacher

John M. Sacher, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (1999)

Research Interests

Civil War, US South, 19th Century Politics

Recent Research Activities

John M. Sacher's research focuses on politics and society in the nineteenth-century South, particularly during the Civil War era. His book, A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861, examines antebellum politics and secession in Louisiana. He is currently working on a book on conscription in the Confederacy. This study will use conscription as a lens to view both Confederate identity and the internal strains within the South during the Civil War.

Selected Publications

Books

  • A Perfect War of Politics: Parties, Politicians, and Democracy in Louisiana, 1824-1861. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2003). Winner of the 2003 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize for best book on Louisiana History.

Articles/Essays

  • “The Loyal Draft Dodger? A Reexamination of Confederate Substitution,” Civil War History, (June 2011), 153-178.
  • “’Our Interest and Destiny are the Same’: Governor Thomas O. Moore and Confederate Identity,” Louisiana History (Summer: 2008), 261-286.
  • "'A Very Disagreeable Business': Confederate Conscription in Louisiana," Civil War History (June 2007) vol. LIII, no. 2, pp. 141-169.
  • "'The Ladies are Moving Everywhere': Louisiana Women and Antebellum Politics," Louisiana History 42 (Fall 2001), 439-57. Winner of the Presidents Memorial Award for Best Article in Louisiana History, 2001
  • "The Sudden Collapse of the Louisiana Whig Party," Journal of Southern History 65 (May 1999), 221-48. Included in Carolyn De Latte, ed., Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History, Volume 4, Antebellum Louisiana, 1830-1860, Part B: Politics (Center for Louisiana Studies,2004), 260-81.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • “The Elections of 1824 and 1828 and the Birth of Modern Politics,” in Sean P. Adams, ed., A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Blackwell-Wiley, 2012)

Awards

  • Winner of the 2003 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize for best book on Louisiana History.

Updated: Dec 6, 2018