Historian offers new perspectives on the Civil War for Frost Lecture Series

by University Communications,

Guggenheim fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephanie McCurry comes to Willamette University on March 6 to discuss her path-breaking research on the politics of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War.

Her free lecture, “Reckoning with the Confederacy: Reflections on Historical Practice,” begins at 7 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall and is part of the university’s Frost Lecture Series. In its second year, the series brings prominent scholars to campus to speak on the latest trends in history and to spend time with faculty and students.

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War brings renewed national attention to this period of American history. McCurry focuses on the short-lived Confederate States of America, examining its domestic politics and its relationships with its citizens. Her work reveals that the actions of ordinary women and slaves figured significantly in the political fortunes of the Confederacy. In her lecture, McCurry will discuss the great “reckoning” that the Confederacy faced in seeking to lead the people of the American South during the Civil War.

Stephanie McCurry is Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship focuses on the American South in the 19th century, with a specialization in women’s and gender history. McCurry’s published work has received numerous awards — “Confederate Reckoning” was named as a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History.