Bruce Levine Ph. D.

Professor Emeritus of History
Professor Emeritus of African American Studies

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • The Civil War era; comparative study of bound labor, revolution, and emancipation; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political

Research Description

  • Current book project: Thaddeus Stevens, Revolutionary.  Under contract with Simon and Schuster.


  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1971
  • M.A., University of Rochester, 1973
  • Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1980

Distinctions / Awards

  • J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History, UIUC, 2006-2016
  • Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History, the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 2012-2013
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2004-2007, 2010-2013
  • Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, 2007
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998-99



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    La Guerra civile americana: Una nuova storia (Italian ed. of Fall of the House of Dixie). Turin: Einaudi, 2015.

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    The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War & the Social Revolution that Transformed the South. New York: Random House, 2013.

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    Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

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    Half Slave & Half Free: The Roots of Civil War (2d edition). New York: Hill & Wang, 2005.

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    The Spirit of 1848: German Immigrants, Labor Conflict, and the Coming of the Civil War. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

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    Who Built America? Working People and the Nation's Economy, Politics, Culture & Society. 1st ed. (co-author). New York: Pantheon Books, 1992.

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    Work and Society: A Reader (co-editor). Detroit: Wayne State University, 1977.

Book Contributions

  • "What Did We Go to War For?’: Confederate Emancipation and Its Meaning." Themes of the American Civil War: The War between the States. Abingdon, Eng.: Routledge, 2009. 228-248.

  • "Black Confederates and Neo-Confederates: In Search of a Usable Past." Race, Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory. Ed. James and Lois Horton. The New Press: New York, 2006.

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    "Horatio Alger in the Cotton Fields? Herbert Gutman and the Debate over Slave Consciousness." Introduction. Herbert G. Gutman, Slavery and the Numbers Game: A Critique of Time on the Cross (2d ed.). Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

  • "On Capitalism, Modernity, and Backwardness." Afterword. The American South and the Italian Mezzogiorno: Essays in Comparative History. London: Palgrave, 2001.

Journal Articles

  • "Lessons of the Second American Revolution ." Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture & Polemic (2015): 35-41.

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    "'The Vital Element in the Republican Party': Antislavery, Nativism, and Abraham Lincoln." Journal of the Civil War Era 1 (2011): 481-505.

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    "Conservatism, Nativism, and Slavery: Thomas R. Whitney and the Origins of the Know Nothing Party." Journal of American History 88 (2001): 455-488.

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    "The Migration of Ideology and the Contested Meaning of Freedom: German America in the Mid Nineteenth Century." Occasional Papers of the German Historical Institute (1993): 24 pp..

Audio/Visual Publications

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    The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War & the Social Revolution that Transformed the South . Recorded Books, 2013.

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