Introducing my website

Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California.  1868.  Painting Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California.  1868.  Painting Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Welcome to civilwarprof.com!

I have posted highlights about my career on the website and have created sign-up forms for visitors who would like to be notified either of the publication of my forthcoming book on antislavery politics or the availability of my award-winning documentary film on Stephen A. Douglas, Abraham Lincoln's great Illinois rival. 

Podcasts will be coming to the site.  During the spring I will create short podcasts on Catherine McAuley, a remarkable Irish Catholic woman who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831.  Inspired by her example, tens of thousands of women since that time have joined the order, taking vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and service.  They have focused particularly on the needs of women and children, and have made major contributions to education and healthcare throughout the world, including in the United States.  Indeed, in 1846, only two years after their arrival, the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago created Saint Xavier Academy, the precursor to Saint Xavier University, where I teach.  

I also intend eventually to add longer podcasts telling the story of my book.  Inspired myself by the engaging podcasts of Dan Carlin and Adam I.P. Smith, I would like to tell history for audiences more interested in listening to it than reading it.  And what better place to start than great stories from 19th-century America that I already know pretty well!

From time to time I will also add blog posts on various subjects.   Don't hesitate to respond to the blogs or to let me know what you think of the website.  And if what you read stimulates your interest in my film or book, please join one or both of my listservs.

Until later… Merry Christmas from Chicago!