Bruce Levine Ph. D.

 Bruce Levine

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Professor Emeritus
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Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • The Civil War era; comparative study of bound labor, revolution, and emancipation; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political

Research Description

Current book project: Thaddeus Stevens, Revolutionary.  Under contract with Simon and Schuster.

Education

  • 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, 2006-2016
  • 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

Selected Publications

Books

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La Guerra civile americana: Una nuova storia (Italian ed. of Fall of the House of Dixie) Turin Einaudi 2015.
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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War & the Social Revolution that Transformed the South New York Random House 2013.
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Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War New York Oxford University Press 2005.
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Half Slave & Half Free: The Roots of Civil War (2d edition) New York Hill & Wang 2005.
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The Spirit of 1848: German Immigrants, Labor Conflict, and the Coming of the Civil War Urbana and Chicago University of Illinois Press 1992.
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Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture & Society. 1st ed. (co-author) New York Pantheon Books 1992.
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Work and Society: A Reader (co-editor) Detroit Wayne State University 1977.

Audio or Visual Publications

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The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War & the Social Revolution that Transformed the South Recorded Books 2013.

Journal Articles

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'The Vital Element in the Republican Party': Antislavery, Nativism, and Abraham Lincoln Journal of the Civil War Era 1 2011, p. 481-505.
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Conservatism, Nativism, and Slavery: Thomas R. Whitney and the Origins of the Know Nothing Party Journal of American History 88 2001, p. 455-488.
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The Migration of Ideology and the Contested Meaning of Freedom: German America in the Mid Nineteenth Century Occasional Papers of the German Historical Institute No. 7 1993, p. 24 pp..
Lessons of the Second American Revolution Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture & Polemic summer 2015, p. 35-41.

Book Contributions

Black Confederates and Neo-Confederates: In Search of a Usable Past Race, Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory edited by James and Lois Horton. Black Confederates and Neo-Confederates: In Search of a Usable Past Edited by James and Lois Horton, The New Press New York 2006.
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Horatio Alger in the Cotton Fields? Herbert Gutman and the Debate over Slave Consciousness Herbert G. Gutman, Slavery and the Numbers Game: A Critique of Time on the Cross (2d ed.) Horatio Alger in the Cotton Fields? Herbert Gutman and the Debate over Slave Consciousness Urbana and Chicago University of Illinois Press 2003.
On Capitalism, Modernity, and Backwardness The American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno: Essays in Comparative History On Capitalism, Modernity, and Backwardness London Palgrave 2001.
What Did We Go to War For?’: Confederate Emancipation and Its Meaning Themes of the American Civil War: The War between the States What Did We Go to War For?’: Confederate Emancipation and Its Meaning Abingdon, Eng. Routledge 2009, p. 228-248.