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Steven Hahn

Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History

Steven HahnSteven Hahn received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a specialist on history of nineteenth-century America, African-American history, the history ofthe American South, and the international history of slavery and emancipation. He is the author of The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 (Oxford University Press, 1983), which received both the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians, as well as of articles that have appeared in Past and Present, the American Historical Review, and the Journal of Southern History. He is also the coeditor (with Jonathan Prude) of The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation: Essays in the Social History of Rural America (University of North Carolina Press, 1985); and (with Steven Miller, Susan O'Donovan, John Rodrigue, and Leslie Rowland) of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. Series III: Land and Labor in 1865 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).

In 2004, Hahn's book, A Nation Under our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Harvard University Press), received the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize in American History, and the Merle Curti Prize in Social History of the Organization of American Historians. In 2007, he delivered the Nathan I. Huggins Lectures at Harvard University which were subsequently published as The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Hahn writes regular review essays for The New Republic, and is currently at work on two major projects: A Nation without Borders: The United States and Its World, 1830-1900 (to be published by the Viking Press), and Colonies, Nations, Empires: A History of the United States and the People Who Made It (to be published by Bedford/St. Martin's Press).

Hahn has been on the faculties of the University of Delaware, the University of California, San Diego, and Northwestern University before coming to Penn, and he has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in American and trans-national history, winning three Distinguished Teaching Awards (including the Richard S. Dunn Award at Penn). He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford; he has been appointed the Lawrence Stone Visiting Professor at Princeton University and the Pitt Professor at Cambridge University; and he is an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians.

Hahn has been actively involved with projects that promote the teaching of history in the public schools and that make humanities education available to diverse members of the community.

Courses Taught (As Schedule Allows)

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The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom (The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures) Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867: Series 3, Volume 1: Land and Labor, 1865 A Nation Under our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration The Countryside in the Age of Capitalist Transformation The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890