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History Prof Edits New Civil War Book

April 10, 2015

A book of essays about intellectual life in the Civil War era co-edited by Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai of the Angelo State University history faculty has been published by Fordham University Press.

Wongsrichanalai also contributed an essay, “Lessons of War,” to the book, titled “So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War-Era North.” Published April 1, the book is co-edited by Dr. Lorien Foote of Texas A&M University and is part of the Fordham University Press’s “The North’s Civil War” series that seeks to expand on the idea of intellectual life and culture. The collection showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming scholars.

Dr. Kanisorn WongsrichanalaiDr. Kanisorn WongsrichanalaiAn ASU assistant professor since 2011, Wongsrichanalai earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia with the dissertation “The Burden of Their Class: College-Educated New Englanders in the Civil War Era.” He has had essays published in other collections and journals, including in the Massachusetts Historical Review, and he was an organizer of ASU’s four-year Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Lecture Series. In December, he and fellow history faculty member Dr. Christine Lamberson were awarded a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for their project, “War Stories: West Texans from World War I to the Present.”

“So Conceived and So Dedicated” is available through Angelo State University Bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book stores and through Fordham University Press at

Another ASU history professor, Dr. Kenna Lang Archer, also will soon be publishing a book titled “Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River.” Her book is scheduled to be released in May through the University of New Mexico Press.

For more information on the essay collection, contact Wongsrichanalai at