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First Name
Rebecca Jo
Last Name
University of California, San Diego
Website URL
19th and 20th century US history, underage soldiers in the US Civil War, history of motherhood, rise of therapeutic culture, social and cultural effects of war (Civil War, WWI and WWI)
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About Me

Rebecca Jo Plant is a professor in History at the University of California, San Diego, and editor of the electronic journal and database, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. Her research interests focus on the US Civil War; women’s, gender, and family history; the history of therapeutic culture and the psychological professions; and the social and psychological impact of war in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. Her most recent publication, with coauthor Frances M. Clarke, is Of Age: Boy Soldiers and Military Power in the Civil War Era (Oxford UP, 2023). She is also the author of Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America (Chicago UP, 2010), and a co-editor of Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare, and Social Policies in the Twentieth Century (Berghahn, 2012). She has been named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians and has held fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Australian Research Council. Along with her collaborator Frances M. Clarke, she won the 2015 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize and a Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Prize article prize for “‘The Crowning Insult’:Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s,” which appeared in the Journal of American History in 2015.

Recent Publications



Media Coverage
Derek Hawkins, "Insulting African American Gold Star Widows has a History," Washington Post, October 25, 2017
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Family, Gender, Military, Politics, Race, Women