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Jennifer L. Weber

Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9457
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Civil War; political, social, and military history; Abraham Lincoln; 19th century U.S. history; war and society; the American presidency.

Research Profile:

Jennifer L. Weber (Ph.D. Princeton, 2003) studies the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Her work is noted for its examination of how military, political, and social forces affected each other during the war, making her scholarship unusually holistic in its approach. Her first book, Copperheads, looked at the antiwar Democrats in the North and changed our understanding of the political pressures that Lincoln faced. Her second book, Summer’s Bloodiest Days, is a children’s book about the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The National Council for the Social Studies named it a notable book of 2011. Professor Weber is currently working on a biography of the agency that administered and enforced the Union draft, and what that bureau’s experience illuminates about the growing size and power of government during the war and changing social norms.

Recent Publications:

  • The Struggle for Equality: Essays on Sectional Conflict, the Civil War, and the Long Reconstruction. Orville Vernon Burton, Jerald Podair, and Jennifer L. Weber, eds. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011).
  • Summer’s Bloodiest Days: The Battle of Gettysburg As Told from All Sides. (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2010).
  • Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Teaching Profile:

Professor Weber teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate classes, including the antebellum South and slavery, the Civil War, American military history, the presidency, and historiography and theory. Her classes are designed to help students hone their critical thinking skills while learning more about important issues and trends in American history.

Recent Courses:

  • HIST 412: The Civil War
  • HIST 510: America’s Worst Presidents
  • HIST 613: Slavery and Freedom in the Age of Jackson 
  • HIST 805: The Nature of History

 
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