OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

William A. Blair

Portrait of William A. Blair

William A. Blair is the Ferree Professor Emeritus of American History at Penn State University and director emeritus of the Richards Civil War Era Center. He was the founding editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era. He specializes in the Civil War home front and the politics of remembering the conflict. He is the author of Virginia's Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861–1865 (1998) and Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865–1914 (2004). His most recent book, With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era (2014), explores the uses of treason during and after the Civil War and was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize. He has a forthcoming manuscript on the Freedmen's Bureau and its efforts to prove to the nation the violence being committed against African Americans in Reconstruction.

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