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Chandra M Manning


Associate Professor


Department of History
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Chandra Manning teaches 19th century U.S. History and co-directs the Georgetown Workshop in 19th Century U.S. History with her colleague Adam Rothman. Her first book, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War won the Avery Craven Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians, earned Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize, the Jefferson Davis Prize, and the Virginia Literary Awards for Non-fiction, and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. Her current work focuses on how the Civil War, slave refugees, and the United States government changed each other during and after the Civil War, and goes in three directions. One book begins in Civil War contraband camps to examine how the relationship between former slaves and the United States government changed during and after the Civil War. Another project analyzes contraband camps in the context of the global history of war refugees. And a third project (still at a much earlier stage) looks at the United States Centennial in 1876. She is also busily brainwashing her two young sons into Red Sox fans.


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  • Ph.D. (2002) Harvard University, History
  • M.Phil (1995) University College, Galway, Ireland, Irish history and literature
  • B.A. summa cum laude (1993) Mount Holyoke College, History