Amy S. Greenberg

Amy S. Greenberg

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Amy S. Greenberg is the George Winfree Professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State University, where she has taught since 1995. She is the author of five books, including A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (2012), which received awards from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Western History Association, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, multiple works on the history of U.S. territorial expansion, and, most recently, an award-winning biography of a little-known early female power broker, Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk (2019), Greenberg has received major fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Philosophical Society, among others; is the winner of Penn State University's George Atherton Award for Teaching; and was named a top young historian by History News Network. She is currently at work on a study of dissent in nineteenth-century U.S. imperialism.

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  • Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
  • The 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico and Transformation of North America
  • Who's Afraid of a Little Empire? Anti-imperialism in Nineteenth-Century America
  • Abraham Lincoln and the U.S.-Mexican War: How a Freshman Congressman Gained National Attention by Opposing an Unjust War
  • Daughter of the U.S.-Mexican War: The Origins of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 1846 Invasion of Mexico
  • The Rise and Fall of the Urban Volunteer Fire Company: Why Nineteenth-Century Citizens Chose to Pay for an Urban Service They Had Previously Received for Free