Matthew Pinsker

Matthew Pinsker

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Matthew Pinsker holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College where he also directs the House Divided Project. He has published two books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, including Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home (2003). He has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center, U.S. Army War College, and the New America Foundation. He regularly leads K-12 teacher workshops on topics such as the Underground Railroad.


  • Boss Lincoln: Understanding Abraham Lincoln's Partisan Leadership
  • Digital History: The Future of the Past
  • How Should We Remember? Reconstruction at 150
  • The Underground Railroad and the Coming of the Civil War


Teaching Underground Railroad History

This conversation features OAH Distinguished Lecturers Spencer Crew and Matthew Pinsker, with session organizer and OAH member Timothy Westcott of Park University. Recorded at the National Archives at Kansas City in February 2017.

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