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Rachel A. Shelden

Dr. Rachel Shelden
Assistant Professor of History
115 Humber White House

Dr. Shelden's Current Vita (pdf)


Civil War Era
19th-Century U.S. Cultural History
U.S. Political History 1787-1877
U.S. South to 1900
American Slavery



Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press, Fall 2013)

 A Political Nation: New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Political History, co-edited with Gary W. Gallagher (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)


“'Obey and Yet Disbelieve': Southern Reaction to the Dred Scott Decision Revisited,” (forthcoming, Ohio Valley History, Fall 2013)


“Messmates’ Union: Friendship, Politics, and Living Arrangements in the Capital City, 1845-1861,” The Journal of the Civil War Era (December 2011): 453-480


“Measures for a ‘Speedy Conclusion’: A Reexamination of Conscription and Civil War Federalism," Civil War History (December 2009): 469-498


Classes Taught:
HIST 2111: U.S. History to 1877
HIST 3001: Undergraduate Methods

HIST 3540: The South to 1900

HIST 4535: Slavery in the United States
HIST 4610: The Civil War

HIST 4950: The Coming of the Civil War
HIST 5950: The Civil War in American Memory
HIST 6001: Graduate Methods
GC1Y 1000: Baseball in American Culture

Current Projects:

"My current project explores how personal relationships and unspoken ethical standards in the U.S. Supreme Court influenced the course of judicial decisions and federal governance in the nineteenth century."


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