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The University of Alabama
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Civil War, Civil War Memory, Reconstruction, African American Education, African American History, Southern Studies, History of Education
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About Me

Dr. Hilary N. Green is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies and serves as the co-program director of the African American Studies program. She also has a partial appointment in American Studies.

She earned her B.A. in History with minors in Africana Studies and Pre-Healing Arts from Franklin and Marshall College; M.A. in History from Tufts University; and Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research and teaching interests include the intersections of race, class, and gender in African American history, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil War Memory, the US South, 19th Century America, and the Black Atlantic.

She is the author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham University Press, April 2016) as well as articles, book chapters, book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and a book chapter. She is the book review editor for the Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians. She is also Digital Media editor for Muster, the scholarly blog of the Journal of Civil War Era.

She is currently at work on a second book manuscript examining how everyday African Americans remembered and commemorated the Civil War. She is also co-editing a documentary reader on the history and debates over Confederate Memorials.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, she will be on research leave from the University of Alabama and will be the Vann Professor of Ethics in Society.

Recent Publications


  • Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890. New York, Fordham University Press, 2016.

Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Persistence of Memory: African Americans and Transitional Justice Efforts in Franklin County, Pennsylvania,” in Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, ed. Paul Quigley and Jim Hawdon (New York: Routledge, 2019), 131-149.
  • “Revisiting African Americans’ Struggle for Public Schools,” Journal of Urban History 44 (November 2018): 1287-1293.
  • “Destination Navy Hill: Tourism and African American Education in Post-Emancipation Richmond, Virginia,” Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 26  (September 2018): 67-96.
  • “Typhoid Fever: Failure in the Midst of Victory in the Spanish-American War, 1898,” in Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History, ed. Rebecca Seaman. (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2018), 97-109.
  • “At Freedom’s Margins: Race, Disability, Violence and the Brewer Orphan Asylum in Southeastern North Carolina, 1865-1872,” Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians 24 (October 2016): 1-22.
  • Kelvin Spragley, Hilary Green, Rebecca Seaman, “Engaging Students in the History Classroom: More Than Just Documentary Research,” Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians 23 (November 2015): 19-28.
  • “African Americans’ Struggle for Education, Citizenship and Freedom, in Mobile, Alabama, 1865-1868,” in Confederate Cities: The Urban South During the Civil War Era, Andrew L. Slap and Frank Towers (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), 215-236.
  • Charles Reed, Rebecca Seaman, Hilary Green, and Ted Mitchell, “Technological Trends in History Education,” Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 20 (July 2012): 29-48.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Children & Youth, Emancipation, Gender, Higher Ed, Local & Regional, Race, Slavery, Urban History, Women