Distinguished Lecturers
Ballard C. Campbell

Ballard C. Campbell

Ballard C. Campbell is an emeritus professor of history and public policy at Northeastern University. He is the author of The Paradox of Power: Statebuilding in America, 1754-1920 (2021) and other books, including Representative Democracy (1980), The Growth of American Government: Governance from the Cleveland Era to the Present (1995, updated edition 2015). His specialties are American governance, statebuilding, the long nineteenth century, and political economy, including historical geography and policy decision-making.

OAH Lectures by Ballard C. Campbell

An analysis of the decisions by Americans and their protagonists in 1774, 1861, and 1917, and how the outcome of each conflict effected American statebuilding.

Why historians should take a larger role in writing the history of state building in the United States.

Why depressions and wars have been catalysts of change in the United States.

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