OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Bruce Laurie

Portrait of Bruce Laurie

Bruce Laurie is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has taught for more than forty years. His first three books focus on aspects of working-class experience during the nineteenth century. The last of those books, Artisans into Workers: Labor in Nineteenth-Century America (1989), was the first synthetic work of its kind. Since then, he has produced both scholarly and popular work on the topics of American abolitionism and American conservatism, including Beyond Garrison: Antislavery and Social Reform (2005). He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and has codirected Fulbright seminars for teachers from around the world. His current book project is “Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists.”

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