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Heather Cox Richardson


Heather Cox Richardson

Office: Stokes Hall S335


Twitter: @HC_Richardson


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Fields of Interest:

American History, primarily politics and economics. Nineteenth century U.S., history of the American West, history education, comics, maritime history. Writing.

Academic Profile:

Professor Richardson teaches nineteenth-century American history at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. Her early work focused on the transformation of political ideology from the Civil War to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. It examined issues of race, economics, westward expansion, and the construction of the concept of an American middle class. Her history of the Republican Party, To Make Men Free (2014) examines the fundamental tensions in American politics from the time of the Northwest Ordinance to the present. She is currently working on an intellectual history of American politics and a graphic treatment of the Reconstruction Era.

Representative Publications:

  • To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party (2014)
  • Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre (2010)
  • “Richardson’s Rules of Order,” at:
  • West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War (2007)
  • “North and West of Reconstruction: Studies in Political Economy,” in Thomas J. Brown, ed., Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (2006)
  • The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901 (2001)
  • The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies during the Civil War (1997)