OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Don H. Doyle

Portrait of Don H. Doyle

Don H. Doyle is a professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina and has retired to Folly Beach, SC. His The Cause of All Nations: An International History of America's Civil War (2014) moves beyond the familiar narrative of Civil War battlefields and homefront to view the conflict from abroad. He is also the author of Nations Divided: America, Italy, and the Southern Question (2002) and Faulkner's County: The Historical Roots of Yoknapatawpha (2000); the editor of Nationalism in the New World (2006), Secession as an International Phenomenon (2010), and American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s (2017); and a coeditor of The Transnational Significance of the American Civil War (2016). He is currently writing Viva Lincoln, a sequel to The Cause of All Nations, dealing with the international history of the Reconstruction era.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Based on his book Faulkner’s County, Doyle examines the relationship between Faulkner’s apocryphal Yoknapatawpha County and the actual Lafayette County, Mississippi, and also explores some unexpected parallels between fictional and scholarly interpretations of the past.
The story of the Lincoln administration’s invitation in September 1861 to the Italian hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, to command a Union Army and Garibaldi’s reply.
Half the nations of the modern day arrived in what we cheerfully call the “family of nations” through ugly political divorces, that involved violent rebellions, civil wars, foreign intervention. This lecture views the American Revolution and the American Civil War as major historical precedents on secession or separatism and its dangers.