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Carl Osthaus

Professor Emeritus
Email: [email protected]

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.

Department of History

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