[[cxsher]] Regional Areas of Research:
Thematic Areas of Research:
Cultural/Intellectual, Social and Labor
Carol Sheriff specializes in nineteenth-century social and cultural history, with an emphasis on the period from 1815-1865, and she has an allied interest in early twentieth-century Civil War memory. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her first book, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862 (Hill & Wang, 1996), won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association. With Scott Reynolds Nelson, she wrote A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War, 1854-1877 (Oxford University Press, 2007). She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled “‘Not a brother’s war’: Embattled Textbooks in the Former Confederacy,” which examines controversies related to state-history textbooks and their portrayals of the Civil War and Reconstruction. She began exploring these issues in “Virginia’s Embattled Textbooks: Lessons Learned (And Not) from the Centennial Era,” which appeared in Civil War History (March 2012) and which was awarded the John T. Hubbell Prize. As a secondary project, Sheriff has begun exploring the early history of Fitzgerald, Georgia, established as a model town in the late nineteenth century to foster reconciliation between Confederate and Union veterans. Meanwhile, Sheriff authors several chapters of Jane Kamensky, et al., A People and A Nation: A History of the United States, which will soon be revised for its twelfth edition.