OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Ballard C. Campbell

Portrait of 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.

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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.