Modern America Workshop - "The Rise and Fall of America's Most Radical City: A History of Civil-War St. Louis"

Modern America Workshop
Event date: 
February 8, 2018 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Walter Johnson
Harvard University
Seminar Series: 
Modern America Workshop

"The Rise and Fall of America's Most Radical City: A History of Civil-War St. Louis"

Walter Johnson, Harvard University

There will be a precirculated paper for this workshop. The paper will be available approximately 7-10 days prior to the workshop. For more information, and for a copy of the paper, please email Jennifer Loessy at

Walter Johnson is the Winthrop Professor of History and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American HIstory. He has been on the Harvard faculty since 2006. Previously, Johnson was at New York University, after earning a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College (1988) and a Ph.D from Princeton in University (1995). Johnson’s books, Soul by Soul (1999) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013), are the recipients of numerous awards, including the Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association, the John Hope Franklin Prize from the American Studies Association, the SHEAR Book Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Frederick Jackson Turner and the Avery O. Craven Prizes from the Organization of American Historians. He is currently writing a book about the central role of St. Louis in the imperialist and racial capitalist history of the United States, from Lewis and Clark to Michael Brown. Professor Johnson is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship; fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and a Mellon Fellowship in Cultural Studies at Wesleyan University.

The Modern America Workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Collaborative History, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, and the Land, Property, and Power in the Modern Metropolis graduate workshop.

Jacqueline Brandon
United States