Aaron Sheehan-Dean

Aaron Sheehan-Dean

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Aaron Sheehan-Dean is the Fred C. Frey Chair in Southern Studies and chairman of the Department of History at Louisiana State University. He is the author of the award-winningThe Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War(2018),Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia (2007), and the Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War (2nd ed., 2020). He edited The Cambridge History of the American Civil War and the Companion to the U.S. Civil War, among other books. He has conducted workshops on a variety of topics in U.S. history with elementary, middle, and high school teachers around the country. His more recent book, a comparative study of civil and national conflicts, is Reckoning With Rebellion: War and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century.


  • Comparative Civil Wars
  • With Malice and Charity: How Americans Fought the Civil War


Civil War at 150 podcast conversation with Journal of American History managing editor Stephen D. Andrews

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