Carl Osthaus

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., University of Chicago

Major Fields:
U.S. History, Civil War and Reconstruction, American South, Gilded Age



Partisans of the Southern Press: Editorial Spokesmen of the Nineteenth Century (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1994).

Freedmen, Philanthropy, and Fraud: A History of the Freedman's Savings Bank (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1976).

Selected Articles and Chapters

"The Work Ethic of the Plain Folk: Labor and Religion in the Old South," Journal of Southern History 70:4 (November 2004): 745-782. Chosen by the Organization of American Historians as one of the best essays of 2006 and reprinted in The Best American History Essays, 2006 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

"Francis Warrington Dawson and South Carolina's Spirit of 1876: A Case Study of the Perils of Journalistic Heresy," Hayes Historical Journal 1 (1977): 271-82.

"An Affair of Honor - Not an Honorable Affair: The Ritchie-Pleasants Duel and the Press," Virginia Cavalcade 26 (1977): 110-23.

"From the Old South to the New South: The Editorial Career of William Trappan Thompson," The Southern Quarterly 14 (1976): 237-60.

"The Rise and Fall of Jesse Binga, Black Financier," Journal of Negro History 58 (1973): 39-60.