Stephen Kantrowitz

Stephen Kantrowitz

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Stephen Kantrowitz is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History, Afro-American Studies, and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the relationship between race and citizenship in the era of slave emancipation. He is the author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829–1889 (2012), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize. His first book, Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (2000), was a New York Times Notable Book and won several scholarly awards. He is also a coeditor, with Peter P. Hinks, of All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry (2013). In 2016–2017, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American studies at the University of Southern Denmark. His current work weaves together the egalitarian, white supremacist, and Native American genealogies of citizenship in the era of the Fourteenth Amendment.


  • Insurgent Cosmopolitans: African American Freemasons and Their Freedom Dreams
  • More Than Freedom: African American Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century United States
  • Citizenship and Civilization: Native Americans Confront Reconstruction
  • When White Supremacy Won: Pitchfork Ben Tillman and the Battle against Equality *

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


"More than Freedom: Black Northerners and the Meaning of the Civil War"

This lecture was presented at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, in September 2013.

Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy

This lecture was presented at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina in October 2017. Audio recording courtesy of the university.


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