Steven Hahn

Steven Hahn

Steven Hahn is a professor of history at New York University and a specialist on the history of the American South and the comparative history of slavery and emancipation. He is the author of A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 (2016); The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom (2009); A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (2003), winner of the Bancroft Prize, the OAH Merle Curti Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize for history; and The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 (1983), winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award. An elected fellow of the Society of American Historians, he is also the author of the forthcoming "Colonies, Nations, Empires: A History of the United States and the People Who Made It." During 2016-2017, he is the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in the Nineteenth Century at the Huntington Library.


  • Barack Obama, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Long History of African American Politics
  • Marcus Garvey, the UNIA, and the Hidden Political History of African Americans
  • Reconstruction and the American Political Tradition *
  • Slave Emancipation, Indian Peoples, and the Projects of the New American State
  • The Continental Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The Illiberal Tradition in America *
  • The United States from Inside Out and Southside North *
  • What Did the Slaves Think of Lincoln?
  • Why the Civil War Mattered

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

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A Nation Without Borders


“Why the Civil War Mattered.”

This lecture was presented at the tenth annual Idaho Council for History Education conference in Boise. Recorded by Boise School District’s Instructional Technology staff in October 2010.

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