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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Christopher Phillips

Christopher PhillipsChristopher Phillips is a professor of history and the history department head at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests are in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and more specifically, in the American South, with particular interest in the border states. He is the author of seven books that have focused upon slavery and freedom, urban African Americans, emancipation, war, race, politics, and memory during and after the Civil War era, including The Civil War in the Border South (2013); Freedom's Port: The African American Community of Baltimore, 1790-1860 (1997), a cowinner of the Best Book prize from the Maryland Historical Society; Missouri's Confederate: Claiborne Fox Jackson and the Creation of Southern Identity in the Border West (2000), and Damned Yankee: The Life of Nathaniel Lyon (1996), a Choice outstanding academic title. His essays have appeared in such publications as Journal of the Civil War Era, Civil War History, and the New York Times. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. From 1999 to 2011, he served as a coeditor of Ohio Valley History.

His newest book, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border (2016), is a study of the war within the western border states and its centrality to the remaking of American regions between 1800 and 1925, and has received a number of awards, including the Tom Watson Brown Prize from the Society of Civil War Historians and the George and Ann Richards Center for Research on the Civil War Era, the Midwestern History Association's Jon Gjerde Prize, the State Historical Society of Missouri's Missouri History Book Award, and the Ohio Academy of History's Distinguished Book Award. It was also named one of the The Civil War Monitor's best books of the year.


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


“From Border States to Border South: Slavery, Civil War, and the Politics of Identity in Missouri”

This lecture was presented as the annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture at Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and sponsored by the university’s history program. Recorded by Ronnie LaNear in February 2011.


“From Border States to Border South: Slavery, Civil War, and the Politics of Identity in Missouri”

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