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Bruce Levine Ph. D.

Professor of History
Professor of African American Studies

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Areas of Specialization

The Civil War era; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • The Civil War era; slavery and emancipation; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political


  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1971
  • M.A., University of Rochester, 1973
  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1980

Distinctions / Awards

  • J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History, UIUC, 2007-
  • Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History, the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 2012-2013
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2004-2007, 2010-2013
  • Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, 2007
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998-99



  • The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War & the Social Revolution that Transformed the South. . New York: Random House, 2013.
  • Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War. . New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Half Slave & Half Free: The Roots of Civil War (2d edition). . New York: Hill & Wang, 2005.
  • The Spirit of 1848: German Immigrants, Labor Conflict, and the Coming of the Civil War. . Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992.
  • Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture & Society. 1st ed. (co-author). . New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.
  • Work and Society: A Reader (co-editor). . Detroit: Wayne State University, 1977.

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Book Contributions

  • "Black Confederates and Neo-Confederates: In Search of a Usable Past." Race, Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory. . Ed. James and Lois Horton. The New Press: New York, 2006.

  • "Horatio Alger in the Cotton Fields? Herbert Gutman and the Debate over Slave Consciousness." Introduction. Herbert G. Gutman, Slavery and the Numbers Game: A Critique of Time on the Cross (2d ed.). . Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

  • "On Capitalism, Modernity, and Backwardness." Afterword. The American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno: Essays in Comparative History. . London: Palgrave, 2001.

Journal Articles

  • "'The Vital Element in the Republican Party': Antislavery, Nativism, and Abraham Lincoln." Journal of the Civil War Era 1 (2011): 481-505.
  • "Conservatism, Nativism, and Slavery: Thomas R. Whitney and the Origins of the Know Nothing Party." Journal of American History 88 (2001): 455-488.
  • "The Migration of Ideology and the Contested Meaning of Freedom: German America in the Mid Nineteenth Century." Occasional Papers of the German Historical Institute (1993): 24 pp..