Experts on the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War

Note to editors: We know many stories will be written this year about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. In this list you will find "conventional" experts as well as people who can discuss some less-examined angles of the war and its aftermath.CATEGORIES:Cultural IssuesLegalSlavery/ReparationsWomen's IssuesCultural Issues


Will Hansen, assistant curator of collections, Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library. Hansen curates the Duke library's Civil War sheet music collection, soldiers' diaries and letters, regimental histories, and Confederate imprints. (919) 660-5958; H. Wood, emeritus professor of American history. Wood has written extensively about race, slavery and Civil War artist Winslow Homer. His latest book is "Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer's Civil War" (2010). (919) 732-9257; Watch video of Wood talking about his latest book.Brenda Scott, adjunct assistant professor of music and curator of the Duke University Musical Instrument Collection, which includes more than 500 late 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century instruments. Scott recently helped sponsor a Civil War music program that featured lyrics and music from both sides of the conflict. (919) 660-3320; Edwards, professor of history. Specializes in women, gender and the law in the 19th-century South. She has published three books: "Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction" (1997); "Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era" (2000); and "The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South" (2009). (919) 668-1435 or Haagen, professor of law and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Duke Law School. Specializes in the social history of the law and conscription. (919) 613-7088; ReparationsWilliam "Sandy" Darity, professor of public policy, African and African-American studies, and economics. Specializes in inequality by race, class and ethnicity; reparations; North-South theories of development and trade. (919) 613-7336; Glymph, associate professor of African and African-American studies and history. Glymph is the author of several essays on slavery, emancipation and the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, economic history, and southern women. Her most recently published work is "Out Of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household." (919) 668-1625;

Women's Issues

Laura Edwards, professor of history. Specializes in women, gender, and the law in the 19th century South. (919) 668-1435; (See more on Edwards above.)

Rachel Seidman, visiting assistant professor of public policy. Specializes in the impact of the Civil War on Northern women's ideas about citizenship, their relationship to the federal government, and the concept of "dependency." (919) 613-7305;

Thavolia Glymph, associate professor of African and African American studies and history. She is the author of essays on slavery, emancipation the Civil War and Reconstruction, economic history, and southern women. (919) 668-1625; (See more on Glymph above.)

Other Domestic/Social Policy Issues

Evelyn Higginbotham, John Hope Franklin Professor of American Legal History. Specializes in African-American religious history, women's history, civil rights, constructions of racial and gender identity, electoral politics, and the intersection of theory and history. She co-authored the ninth edition of historian john Hope Franklin's seminal book, "From Slavery to Freedom." (919) 613-7172;