Frost Lecture 2014

Reckoning with the Confederacy: Reflections on Historical Practice

Stephanie McCurry
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History
University of Pennslyvania

  • Thursday March 6, 2014  7:00 pm
  • Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette Law School, Room 201
  • Free and open to the public
  • Contact: Leslie Cutler, (503) 370-6061

Sponsored by the Frost Family and the History Department


Stephanie McCurry is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship is focused on the American South in the  nineteenth century with a specialization in women’s and gender history. McCurry’s published work has received significant acclaim from her peers. Her first book, Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country (Oxford, 1995), won both the Frances B. Simkins Award and the Charles S. Syndor Award from the Southern History Association and the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association. Her recent work, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard, 2010), won the Avery O. Craven Award and the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians, the Willie Lee Rose Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; and was ranked as a finalist in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History competition. She has published numerous articles in academic journals and anthologies and writes a column entitled “Her War” for the magazine America’s Civil War.


In her talk Professor McCurry will reprise the main arguments of her 2010 book Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard University Press, 2010): the nature of the Confederate nation-making project; the terrible reckoning - including with its own people - that came with war; and the radically transformative consequences of white southerners' risky gamble on proslavery nationalism.  In the process she will reflect on the methodological challenges involved in trying to write a new kind of political history focused on the disfranchised. 

Frost Lecture Series

The Frost History Lecture Series was made possible by a generous gift in 2011 from Allan '64 and Fran Frost.  Allan and Fran established the Frost History Lectureship Fund in honor of Allan's brother O.W. (Jack) Frost, an English professor at Willamette from 1954-1963, and in memory of his brother David Frost '57, L'60.