19th century Political and Social History

My research interests are Civil War and Reconstruction;


  • PhD: Harvard University (1962)
  • MA: Harvard University (1954)
  • BA: University of Michigan (1953) 

Selected Publications:

  • John P. Hale and the Politics of Abolition (1965)
  • Ballots for Freedom: Antislavery Politics in the United States, 1837-1860 (1976)
  • A House Divided: Sectionalism and Civil War, 1848-1865 (1988)

Richard Sewell

Professor Emeritus