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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program


Reconstruction at 150

"The Fifteenth Amendment," lithograph with watercolor by Thomas Kelly, circa 1870. Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Consider the lasting impacts of Reconstruction (1865-1877) on American life and culture by hosting an OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

"The period known as Reconstruction was defined by the questions of race and power, questions that flowed logically and continuously out of the Civil War," write OAH Distinguished Lecturers Gregory Downs and Kate Masur ("There's No National Site Devoted to Reconstruction—Yet," The Atlantic, April 2015). "Those questions reverberate in many political debates today—debates over the meaning of equal protection of the law, over the right to vote, and over the limits of presidential and congressional authority, both in peacetime and in war."

Also, OAH Distinguished Lecturers Susan Eva O'Donovan and William D. Carrigan write about commemorating and teaching Reconstruction history in the OAH's blog, Process. Read their posts, "Remembering Reconstruction: The Memphis Massacre of 1866" and "Why Students Don't Know Anything about Reconstruction: Three Modern Myths."

Find additional OAH Distinguished Lecturers who specialize in Civil War history here.

Edward L. Ayers
Edward L. Ayers
University of Richmond
Stephen Berry
Stephen Berry
University of Georgia
William A. Blair
William A. Blair
Penn State University
David W. Blight
David W. Blight
Yale University
 Has Video Presentation
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Orville Vernon Burton
Orville Vernon Burton
Clemson University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
William D. Carrigan
William D. Carrigan
Rowan University
Karen L. Cox
Karen L. Cox
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
William Deverell
William Deverell
University of Southern California and Huntington Library
Gregory Downs
Gregory Downs
University of California, Davis
James Downs
James Downs
Connecticut College
Don H. Doyle
Don H. Doyle
University of South Carolina
 Has Video Presentation
Laura F. Edwards
Laura F. Edwards
Duke University
Stephen D. Engle
Stephen D. Engle
Florida Atlantic University
 Has Video Presentation
Crystal N. Feimster
Crystal N. Feimster
Yale University
Paul Finkelman
Paul Finkelman
University of Pittsburgh
Judith Giesberg
Judith Giesberg
Villanova University
Thavolia Glymph
Thavolia Glymph
Duke University
David Goldfield
David Goldfield
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
 Has Video Presentation
Lesley J. Gordon
Lesley J. Gordon
University of Alabama
 Has Video Presentation
Michael S. Green
Michael S. Green
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Mark Grimsley
Mark Grimsley
Ohio State University
 Has Video Presentation
Ariela J. Gross
Ariela J. Gross
University of Southern California
Allen C. Guelzo
Allen C. Guelzo
Gettysburg College
 Has Audio Presentation
Steven Hahn
Steven Hahn
New York University
 Has Video Presentation
Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Caroline E. Janney
Caroline E. Janney
Purdue University
 Has Video Presentation
Moon-Ho Jung
Moon-Ho Jung *
University of Washington
Andrew W. Kahrl
Andrew W. Kahrl
University of Virginia
Walter D. Kamphoefner
Walter D. Kamphoefner
Texas A&M University
 Has Video Presentation
Stephen Kantrowitz
Stephen Kantrowitz
University of Wisconsin-Madison
 Has Video Presentation
Wilma King
Wilma King
University of Missouri-Columbia
Peter Kolchin
Peter Kolchin
University of Delaware
Barbara Krauthamer
Barbara Krauthamer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
 Has Video Presentation
Elizabeth D. Leonard
Elizabeth D. Leonard
Colby College
 Has Video Presentation
James W. Loewen
James W. Loewen
University of Vermont and Catholic University of America
James Marten
James Marten
Marquette University
 Has Video Presentation
Kate Masur
Kate Masur
Northwestern University
Stephen A. Mihm
Stephen A. Mihm
University of Georgia
Scott Reynolds Nelson
Scott Reynolds Nelson
University of Georgia
Richard S. Newman
Richard S. Newman
Library Company of Philadelphia
Susan Eva O
Susan Eva O'Donovan
University of Memphis
T. Michael Parrish
T. Michael Parrish
Baylor University
Christopher Phillips
Christopher Phillips
The University of Cincinnati
 Has Video Presentation
Matthew Pinsker
Matthew Pinsker
Dickinson College
 Has Video Presentation
Patrick Rael
Patrick Rael
Bowdoin College
Heather Cox Richardson
Heather Cox Richardson
Boston College
Adam Rothman
Adam Rothman
Georgetown University
Donna C. Schuele
Donna C. Schuele
California State University, Los Angeles and UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Susan  Schulten
Susan Schulten
University of Denver
Leslie A. Schwalm
Leslie A. Schwalm
University of Iowa
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Vanderbilt University
Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Aaron Sheehan-Dean
Louisiana State University
 Has Audio Presentation
Manisha Sinha
Manisha Sinha
University of Connecticut
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
University of South Carolina
 Has Audio Presentation
Amy Dru Stanley
Amy Dru Stanley
University of Chicago
Lisa Tetrault
Lisa Tetrault
Carnegie Mellon University
Lea VanderVelde
Lea VanderVelde
University of Iowa
Michael Vorenberg
Michael Vorenberg
Brown University
Juliet E. K. Walker
Juliet E. K. Walker
University of Texas at Austin
Harry L. Watson
Harry L. Watson
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jeannie Whayne
Jeannie Whayne
University of Arkansas
Frank J. Williams
Frank J. Williams
Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Heather Andrea Williams
Heather Andrea Williams
University of Pennsylvania
Kenneth J. Winkle
Kenneth J. Winkle
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Andrew Zimmerman
Andrew Zimmerman
George Washington University