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Chandra M Manning


Associate Professor


Department of History


Chandra Manning researches and writes about 19th century United States history, the century that saw the United States transition from an agrarian republic to an urban, industrial nation, define gender norms in particularly enduring ways, invent what we now call the "middle class," depend upon and then abolish human slavery, tear itself apart in civil war, evolve a particular version of a central state with global influences as well as implications, and, last but certainly not least, embrace baseball as its "national game." She is particularly interested in ordinary Americans' relationship to the United States government, as well as their ideas about slavery, civil rights, citizenship, republicanism, and the legacy of the American Revolution. Her published work to date has focused largely on Union and Confederate soldiers' changing attitudes toward slavery and race during the Civil War. 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.