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CATHERINE CLINTON

Pioneering historian: American women, the South and the Civil War

CATHERINE CLINTON

Harriet Tubman | The Road to Freedom 2004

CATHERINE CLINTON

Angers, France | May 2015

CATHERINE CLINTON

Steven Spielberg | Gettysburg November 2012

CATHERINE CLINTON

Some of her nearly 30 titles

About Catherine

Catherine Clinton holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is Professor Emerita at Queen’s University Belfast. She has served on the executive council of the Society of American Historians and on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and she remains on advisory boards for Civil War History, Civil War Times, The President’s Cottage and Soldier’s Home, and Ford’s Theatre.

Clinton has written and edited over thirty books, from children’s fiction about Phillis Wheatley to the Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century – from booklets for the National Park Service to poetry anthologies. Her first book, The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South, appeared in 1982 and was a selection of the History Book Club; her 2004 biography of Harriet Tubman, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, was named as one of the best non-fiction books by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune. Mrs. Lincoln: A Life was published by Harper Collins in 2009, and Clinton subsequently served as a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film, Lincoln. In 2016 Louisiana State University Press published her Fleming Lectures: Stepdaughters Of History: Southern Women and The Civil War. Notably, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in U.S. History also in 2016.

In November 2016, she served as President of the Southern Historical Association. Her public presidential address,  “The Southern Social Network.”, has inspired The Cassandra Project, a non-profit educational initiative to combat sexual harassment within departments of history at southern postgraduate institutions.

The first book in her new University of Georgia Press series, History in the Headlines, will be published in 2019: Confederate Statues and Memorialization.


 

CATHERINE CLINTON Academic CV

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EDUCATIONAL DEGREES:

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PH.D. 1980,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, M.A. 1974
HARVARD UNIVERSITY A.B., 1973

 

RECENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

President, Southern Historical Association (2016)

Guggenheim Fellowship (2016)

Consultant to U.S. Treasury (2015)

Consultant, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

University of Texas San Antonio,
Denman Chair of American History, (2014-

The Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland, U.K.),
International Research Professor (2014-2017)

The Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland, U.K.),
Chair Professor in U.S. History (2006-2014)

Yale University,
Gilder Lehrman Center Affiliate (1999-2006)

Wesleyan University,
Visiting Professor (2003-2004)

The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina,
Mark Clark Visiting Chair of History (2001-2002)

Baruch College, City University of New York,
Weissman Visiting Chair of History (1999-2001)

Harvard University,
Charles Warren Center Affiliate (1998-1999)

Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.,
Lewis Jones Distinguished Visiting Chair of History (1998-1999)

University of Richmond,
Douglas Southall Freeman Distinguished Visiting Chair (1997-1998)

Harvard University,
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Fellow (1993-1997)

Brown University, Visiting Professor
Visiting Professor, Department of English (Fall 1993)

Harvard University,
Visiting Professor, Department of Afro-American Studies (1990-1993)

Brandeis University,
Visiting Professor, Department of American Studies (1988-1990)

Harvard University,
Assistant Professor, Department of History (1983-1988)

Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
Assistant Professor, Department of History (1979-1983)

University of Benghazi,
Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Libyan Arab Republic (1974)

 

BOOKS:

CONFEDERATE STATUES AND MEMORIALIZATION
[editor] (University of Georgia Press, HISTORY ON HEADLINES, 2019)

STEPDAUGHTERS OF HISTORY: SOUTHERN WOMEN AND THE CIVIL WAR
(Louisiana State University Press, 2016) Walter J. Fleming Lectures

MARY CHESNUT’S DIARY 
[editor] (Penguin Classic, 2011)

MRS. LINCOLN: A LIFE
(Harper Collins, 2009)

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— BOOK OF THE MONTH SELECTION

REMINISCENCES OF MY LIFE IN CAMP: AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN’S CIVIL WAR MEMOIR
(University of Georgia Press, 2006)

HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION BATTLE SCARS: GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE CIVIL WAR
[co-editor] (Oxford University Press, 2006)

HARRIET TUBMAN: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
(New York: Little Brown, 2004) Best Non-Fiction in 2004: Christian Science Monitor & Chicago Tribune

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THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, 1565-1877
[Commissioned by the National Park Service, Eastern National Press, 2004]

HONORING FALLEN SOLDIERS: America’s First Memorial Day, May 1, 1865
(South Carolina Humanities Council, 2002)

SOUTHERN FAMILIES AT WAR: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South
[editor] (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)

FANNY KEMBLE’S JOURNALS
[editor] (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000)

FANNY KEMBLE’S CIVIL WARS
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000)

COLUMBIA GUIDE TO AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
[co-author] (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000)

PUBLIC WOMEN AND THE CONFEDERACY
(Marquette University Press, 1999) Frank B. Klement Lecture, Marquette University

TAKING OFF THE WHITE GLOVES: Southern Women and Women Historians
[co-editor] (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1998)

CIVIL WAR STORIES
(Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998) Averitt Lecture Series, Georgia Southern University

THE DEVIL’S LANE: Sex and Race in the Early South
[co-editor] (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)

LIFE IN CIVIL WAR AMERICA
[Commissioned by the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE] (Eastern National Press, 1996)

TARA REVISITED: Women, War and the Plantation Legend
(New York: Abbeville Press, 1995)

HALF-SISTERS OF HISTORY: Southern Women and the American Past
[Editor] (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994)

DIVIDED HOUSES: Gender and the Civil War
[Co-editor] (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION

PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN
[Co-editor] (1991, reprint edition, Oxford University Press, 1998)

THE OTHER CIVIL WAR: American Women in the Nineteenth Century
(1984, 2nd edition, New York: Hill and Wang, 1999)

THE PLANTATION MISTRESS: Woman’s World in the Old South
(New York: Pantheon, 1982)

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections
ed. by Jim Downs (2020)

Confederate Statues and Memorization
ed. by Catherine Clinton (2019)

HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES
Series co-Editor with Jim Downs, University of Georgia Press (2018 –

VIEWPOINTS ON AMERICAN CULTURE
     —
Series Editor, Oxford University Press:

          — Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives, ed. by Theda Perdue

          — Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now, ed. by Alexander Bloom

          — Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited, ed. by Jean H. Baker

          — Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, edited by Annette Gordon-Reed

          — Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, Community, ed. by Vicki Ruiz & Virginia Korral

          — Living in the Eighties, ed. by Gil Troy & Vincent Cannato

 

HOLD THE FLAG HIGH
(New York: Harper Collins Children, 2005), Illustrated by Shane Evans

A POEM OF HER OWN: Women’s Voices Past and Present
(New York: Harry Abrams, 2003), 

     — New York Public Library Best Children’s Book List

THE BLACK SOLDIER
(Boston: Houghton Mifflin Children, 2000)

THE SCHOLASTIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CIVIL WAR
(author) (New York: Scholastic Press, 1999)

I, TOO, SING AMERICA: Three Centuries of African American Poetry
[editor] (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Children, 1998), Revised edition, 2017. Winner of the Bank Street Poetry Prize 1998 & American Library Association, Best Books for Young Adults in 1998

— Winner of the Bank Street Poetry Prize 1998 & American Library Association

— Best Books for Young Adults in 1998

WE THE PEOPLE: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN SOCIAL SCIENCE SERIES
[Kindergarten-6th grade texts] 1997, 2000.

 

ESSAYS, ARTICLES, CHAPTERS IN BOOKS & REVIEWS (selected):

“Antebellum Gender History,”
co-written with Emily West, in Reinterpreting Southern Histories: Essays in Historiography, ed. by Craig Thompson Friend & Lorri Glover (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020)

“Mint Julep Melodrama,”
in Writing History with Lighting: Cinematic Representations of Nineteenth-Century America, ed. by Craig Thompson Friend & Lorri Glover (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019)

“A Room of His Own,”
in Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of its Leading Historians, co-edited by Gary Gallagher and Matthew Gallman (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

“Popularizing the Past through Graphic Novels: An Interview with Catherine Clinton, Author of Booth,”
in A Companion Guide to Public History ed. by David M. Dean (New York: Wiley Blackwell, 2018)

“Confederate Widow Confidential: Varina Tells (Almost!) All,”
Muster: How the Past Informs the Present, Journal of the Civil War Era blog. Review of Charles Frazier’s Varinahttps://www.journalofthecivilwarera.org/2018/10/confederate-widow-confidential-varina-tells-almost-all/

“Donald Trump Inauguration: How academics are spending the day,”
Times Higher Education (London), 19 January 2017.

“Clinton v. Trump’: What will you be doing on Election Night,”
Times Higher Education (London), 7 November 2016.

Review: “White Trash: the 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg,”
Times Higher Education (London), 6 October 2016.

“Statues and Status: Lincoln in Europe,”
in Lincoln in Europe, ed. By John Dean and Olivier Frayssee, American Studies Journal, No. 60, 2016. http://www.asjournal.org/60-2016/

“A La Lutte,”
Historians’ Forum: Bonnet Brigades at 50: Reflections on Mary Elizabeth Massey and Gender in Civil War History,  Civil War History, Vol. 61, Number 4, December 2015.

Review: “The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter,
Times Higher Education (London), 24 March 2015.

“Mourning in America: Death Comes to the Civil War White Houses,”
in Harold Holzer, Craig Symonds & Frank Williams, Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015)

“Response to the Gettysburg Address,”
Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (The Gettysburg Foundation, 2015)

Review: “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, by Allyson Hobbs,”
Times Higher Education (London), 30 October 2014

Review: “Belle,” Directed by Amma Asante,
Times Higher Education (London), 12 June 2014.

Review: “Twelve Years a Slave,” Directed by Steve McQueen, Times Higher Education (London), 9 January 2014.

“Great Gatsby-Mania,”
Times Higher Education (London), 23 May 2013.

Review: “Characters Of Blood: Black Heroism In The Transatlantic Imagination,” by Céleste-Marie Bernier
Times Higher Education (London), 21 March 2013.

Epilogue: “The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America’s Most Controversial First Lady,”
Williams, F. & Berkhimer, M. (eds.). (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012)

Review: “Lincoln in Motion,”
Eric Foner’s The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010) in Civil War History (2012).

“Breaking the Silence: Sexual Hypocrisies from Thomas Jefferson to Strom Thurmond,”
in Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies ed. by Bernadette Brooten (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010)

Lead Review: “Scarlett’s Sisters: Young Women in the Old South & Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848-1860,” American Nineteenth Century History, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2010, 123-127.

Introduction: “Lincoln as Self-Made Man,”
Lincoln In American Memory Reader, (Library of America & National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Initiative, 2009)

“Mrs. Lincoln and Women in Wartime New York,”
in Lincoln in New York ed. by Harold Holzer [New York Historical Society, 2009]

“The Tears of a President: Lincoln, Empathy and Leadership,”
Fortenbaugh Lecture, November 2008. Published by the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College.

“Lincoln: The Family Who Made Him, the Family He Made,”
in Our Lincoln ed. by Eric Foner [New York: W.W. Norton, 2008]

“Scepter and Masque: Debutante Rituals in Mardi Gras New Orleans,”
in Southern Manners, ed. by Ted Ownby [Oxford: University of Mississippi Press, 2007]

“Why I Write,”
in Why We Write, ed. by Jim Downs [New York: Routledge, 2005]

“’Slavery is War’: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad,”
Passages to Freedom ed. by David Blight (Washington: Smithsonian Press, 2004)

“The Road to Harriet Tubman,”
American Heritage, July 2004.

“Mary Modjeska Simkins,”
in Notable American Women IV, ed. by Susan Ware (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005)

“The Emergence of Black Women’s Voices and the American Civil War,”
in Canadian and American Women, edited by Valeria Gennaro Lerda and Roberto Maccarini (Milano: Selene Edizioni, 2002)

“Gerda Lerner,”
in Clio’s Finest: American Historians in the Late Twentieth Century (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001)

“Concittadine divise: ‘genere’ e lealtà di parte durante la Guerra Civile Americana,”
in Storia E Memoria, ed. by Susana Delfino, (Genova: Instituto Ligure, 2000)

“Zachary Taylor” and “Benjamin Harrison,”
in To the Best of My Ability, ed. by James McPherson (New York: Dorling-Kindersley, 2000)

“Zachary Taylor,”
in Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency ed., by Alan Brinkley (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

“Susie King Taylor,”
in Forgotten Heroes of America’s Past ed. by Susan Ware (New York: Free Press, 1998). 
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“Reading Between the Lines: Newspapers and Women in Confederate Richmond,”
Atlanta History, Spring-Summer 1998.
     — Winner of the Alex W. Bealer Award from the Atlanta Historical Society.

“Remembering Herbert Aptheker,”
Nature, Society, and Thought, Spring-Summer, 1998.

“Southern Women and the Civil War,”
Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 8, no. 3.

“Noble Women as Well,”
in Robert Toplin, ed. Ken Burns’s “The Civil War” (New York, Oxford, 1996).

“Gone With the Wind,”
in Mark Carnes, ed., Past Imperfect, (New York, Henry Holt, 1995)
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“Philip Foner’s Fond Farewell,”
The New Yorker, 25 March 1995.

“Contents Under Pressure: White Woman/Black History,”
Marita Golden & Susan Shreve, Eds. Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Writing on Race (New York: Nan Talese/Doubleday, 1995)

“‘With a Whip in his Hand:’ Rape, Memory and African-American Women,”
in Genvieve Fabre & Robert O’Meally, eds., African American History and Memory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994)

“In Search of Southern Women’s History” [Review Essay] and “Bloody Terrain: Freedwomen, Sexuality and Violence During Reconstruction,”
Georgia Historical Quarterly (Summer 1992)

“Southern Dishonor: Flesh, Blood, Race and Bondage,”
in In Joy and In Sorrow ed. by Carol Bleser (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)

“Caught in the Web of the Big House: Women and Slavery,”
anthologized in Articles on American Slavery and Black Women in History.

“Women in the Land of Cotton,”
in Myth and Southern History: The Old South ed. By Patrick Gerster & Nicholas Cords (University of Illinois Press, 1989, 2nd edition)

 

CONTRIBUTOR TO:

ENSLAVED WOMEN: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (2011)

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD SLAVERY (1998)

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD, READER’S COMPANION TO U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY (1998)

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CONFEDERACY (1993)

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY (1993)

 

ADVISORY & CONSULTING POSITIONS:

Consultant, Department of Treasury and Smithsonian Institution, “The New Ten” (April 2016, announcement of women on redesigned U.S. currency, included Harriet Tubman on the proposed new $20 bill) (2015)

Consultant, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)

Scholarly Advisory Group, President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home (2011-

Advisory Council, Ford’s Theatre Foundation, Washington, D.C. (2008-

CIVIL WAR 150, Project Team, Library of America. (2010-2016)

Consultant, An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia (2008-2011)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION (2004-2010)

Consultant, Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin (documentary) (2002)

Consultant, America in the Time of the Lincolns, (documentary) WGBH, (2000)

Consultant & Interview, Africans in America, (documentary) WGBH (1998)

Associate Editor, American National Biography, (Oxford University Press),(1990-1998)

Consultant, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? WGBH (1996-1997)

Consultant, Encyclopedia Americana Online (Grolier’s)

Supervised commissioned essays for electronic media, (1994)

 

EDITORIAL BOARDS:

Civil War History (2010-

Civil War Times (2010-

 

RECENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Fredrick Douglass Prize Jury Chair (2019)

President of the Southern Historical Association (2016)

Fleming Lectures, Louisiana State University (2012)

Biographers International Organization; founding meeting at City University of New York, March 26, 2009 & first International Conference, Boston (June 2010)

Fortenbaugh Lecture, Gettysburg College (2008)

British Academy Award (2007)

Study Leader of Smithsonian Journey: “Lost Worlds, The American South Past and Present,” (2003 – 2006)

Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute, NYU University, (July 2004 – 2005); Seminar Leader: “Freedom”

Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities (2002-2003)

National Book Award, Non-Fiction Juror (2003)

Frank Klement Lecture (1999-2000)

Alex W. Bealer Prize, Atlanta Historical Society (1998)

Bank Street Poetry Prize, Bank Street College of Education (1998)

President of Southern Association for Women Historians (1997-1998)

Southern Historical Association, Executive Council (1995-1998)

Averitt Lectures, Georgia State College (1996)

Lincoln Prize Jury (1995)

Pulitzer Prize: Biography Jury Chair (1993); History Jury, (1986)

Francis Parkman Prize Committee (1991)

 

MEMBERSHIP:

Royal Historical Society, London (2012-2014)

Historians of the Contemporary United States (UK) (2011-2014)

Biography International Organization (2009-

British Early American History Group (2008-2014)

British Association of Nineteenth Century Historians (2006-

Society of Civil War Historians (1995-

Society of American Historians (elected member) (1988-

Southern Association for Women Historians (1981-

Southern Historical Association (1975-

 

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST:

School of History and Anthropology: INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION (2010-2014)

Convener: AMERICAN HISTORY COLLOQUIUM (2007-2014)

Co-Convener: FIRST MONDAYS WOMEN’S HISTORY SEMINAR (2007-2011)

Co-Convener- AMERICAN HISTORY COLLOQUIUM

Organizer: Lincoln Internships for School of History Undergraduates (2008-2010)

Postgraduate Pathway Coordinator: U.S. History Master’s Programmer (2006-2009)

Organizer and Convener: “Closing of the Slave Trades: Transatlantic Perspectives”
Conference held in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University