Virginia Civil War 150
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"The American Civil War at Home"
College of William and Mary
Sadler Center
200 Stadium Drive
Williamsburg VA 23186
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Scott R. Nelson and Carol Sheriff
Conference Co-chairs


Stephen V. Ash has authored or edited ten books and many articles, many of which explore how the people of the South, white and black, experienced Union military invasion and Confederate defeat. An award-winning teacher and scholar, he held a Distinguished Professorship in Humanities at the University of Tennessee until his retirement in 2010. His books include When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861–1865 (1995); A Year in the South: 1865 (2004); Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War (2008); and The Black Experience in the Civil War South (2010). He is currently completing a book about the bloody Memphis race riot of 1866.


Edward L. Ayers has been president of the University of Richmond since 2007. Since his arrival, President Ayers has led the creation of The Richmond Promise, an ambitious strategic plan that has helped foster progress across the institution. Read More




Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University. He has written widely about 19th-century American history, including path-breaking studies of the origins of the Republican party, the era of Reconstruction, and the evolving ideas of Abraham Lincoln regarding slavery. His most recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, was winner of the Bancroft, Pulitzer, and Lincoln Prizes.

J. Matthew Gallman is professor of history at the University of Florida. An authority on the American Civil War, he is the author of four books: Mastering Wartime: A Social History of Philadelphia During the Civil War (1990); The North Fights the Civil War: The Home Front (1994); Receiving Erin’s Children: Philadelphia, Liverpool, and the Irish Famine Migration, 1845–1855 (2000); and America’s Joan of Arc: The Life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (2006). He is working on a study of political rhetoric and satire in the North during the Civil War.


Thavolia Glymph is an associate professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University where she teaches courses on slavery, the U.S. South, emancipation, Reconstruction, and African American women’s history. She is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2008) and a co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867, a part of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project. She is currently completing Women at War, a study of women in the Civil War.


Stephen Kantrowitz is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work focuses on the intersections of race, politics, and citizenship in the 19th-century U.S. He is author of Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (2000) which was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, and More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829–1889. His co-edited collection on the history of African American Freemasonry will be published in 2013. His current research includes the impact of Reconstruction on Native American claims to citizenship.


Stephanie McCurry is professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and educated in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Professor McCurry is a specialist in the history of the 19th-century U.S., the American South and the Civil War. Her first book, Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations and the Political Culture of the South Carolina Low Country (1995) explored the social and political culture of the state’s white majority and their stake in secession. In 2010 McCurry published Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South, a book about the Confederate experiment in proslavery nation-making and its unintended consequences. That book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


Scott Reynolds Nelson is the prizewinning author of four books on nineteenth-century American history. The New York Times has most recently called him a “fascinating guide to the grim landscape of Reconstruction.” His book, Steel Drivin’ Man, about the life and legend of John Henry, won four national awards including the National Award for Arts Writing and the Merle Curti Prize for best book in US history. A young-adult book he co-wrote with Marc Aronson, Ain’t Nothing But a Man, describes how historians do research. It won seven national awards in 2008 including the Aesop prize for best book in American folklore. With Carol Sheriff he wrote A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War for Oxford University Press. His latest book is A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters (Knopf, September 2012).


Carol Sheriff is professor of history at the College of William and Mary and the author of three books: The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817–1862 (1997); A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America’s Civil War, 1854–1877 (2007, with co-author Scott Reynolds Nelson); and A People and A Nation, a widely used American history textbook that she co-authors with five other scholars. Her current research explores how children’s state-history textbooks have portrayed contested historical topics, and public responses to such portrayals; she recently published an article in Civil War History about the state-commissioned Virginia history textbooks of the 1950s, and the controversies their portrayals of the Civil War era provoked in ensuing decades.



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