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American Inquiry
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political culture, critical elections, roots of the modern party "system," causes of the American Civil War, 19th century political culture, Gilded Age Chicago, politics as a means of social mobility, civility, Lincoln, Emancipation, Reconstruction
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About Me

I am a specialist in the era of the American Civil War and an expert in the culture of the long nineteenth century.  I love to write and speak about American political culture, and over the last decade have written over 300 illustrated articles for the general public.

I am the founding editor of American Inquiry, an online magazine devoted to history and politics.  Please refer to the index page of American Inquiry for a listing of contemporary issues and the historical lens I view them through.

I hold a BA and PhD with distinction from the University of Chicago, and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Please see the Index page of my website American Inquiry.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Emancipation, Government, Politics, Slavery