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Dr. Tom Rodgers

Phone:  461-5208

Office:   LA3068

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  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1991 (Major: American History; Inside minor: Renaissance-Reformation Europe; Outside minor: Religious Studies; Dissertation: "Northern Political Ideologies in the Civil War Era: West-Central Indiana,1860-1866")
  • M.A, Indiana State University, 1979 (Concentrations: 19th Century U.S., Early  Modern Europe; Thesis: "A Reevaluation of Peter Cartwright")
  • B.A., Indiana State University, 1974 (Concentrations: 19th Century U.S., East Asia; Outside minor: Religious Studies)

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • 19th Century U.S. Political and Social History
  • American Civil War
  • American Military History   

Selected Publications and Paper Presentations:

  • “Billy Yank.” In Essential Civil War Curriculum. Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. Blacksburg: Virginia Tech University. August 2013.
  • “Copperheads or a Respectable Minority: Current Approaches to the Study of Civil War Era Democrats.” Indiana Magazine of History 109 (June 2013):114-146.
  • "Saving the Republic: Turnout, Ideology, and Republicanism in the Election of 1860." In The Election of 1860 Reconsidered, edited by A James Fuller. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2013. Pages 165-192.
  • “Abraham Lincoln and the Dynamics of Party Politics.” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2012
  • “The Hoosier Soldier in the Civil War.” In Indiana and the Civil War: Hoosier Voices Now. Indianapolis: Indiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee of the Indiana History Collaboration/Indiana Historical Bureau, 2011.
  • “Butternuts, Klement, Weber, and the Study of Midwestern Democrats in the Civil War Era.” Presentation at the Ohio Valley History Conference, Murray State University, October 2011
  • “Frank Klement’s The Copperheads of the Middle West in Political Contexts.” Presentation at the Civil War Study Group, Ball State University, September 2009.
  • “A Re-Conceptualization of Collingwood’s Concept of History as Re-Thinking Past Thoughts” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2008
  • “Not a Sellers Market: Socioeconomic Continuity and Change in the Age of the Market Revolution.” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2006
  • “Liberty, Order, and Republican Manhood: The Ideological Origins of the Civil War.” Presentation at the Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2005.
  • “History, Self-Awareness, and the Core Curriculum.”  The Journal of General Education 54 (No. 1, 2005):41-57.
  • "Billy Yank and G.I. Joe: An Exploratory Essay on the Sociopolitical Dimensions of Soldier Motivation." The Journal of Military History 69 (January 2005):93-121.
  • "Hoosier Women and the Civil War Home Front." Indiana Magazine of History 97 (June 2001):105-128.
  •  "Dupes and Demagogues: Caroline Krout's Narrative of Democratic Disloyalty during the Civil War." The Historian 61 (Spring 1999):621-638.
  • "Civil War Letters as Historical Sources." Indiana Magazine of History 93 (June 1997):105-110.
  • "Republicans and Drifters: Political Affiliation and Union Army Volunteers in West-Central Indiana." Indiana Magazine of History 92 (December 1996):321-345.
  • "Liberty, Will, and Violence: Democratic Political Ideology in West-Central Indiana during the Civil War." Indiana Magazine of History 92 (June 1996):133-159.
  • Reid, Robert L., and Rodgers, Thomas E. A Good Neighbor: The First Fifty Years at Crane, 1941-1991. Evansville: Historic Indiana Project, University of Southern Indiana, 1991.
  • "J. F. D. Lanier and Civil War Politics in Indiana," presentation at the Hanover College Symposium: "The Civil War in Kentuckiana," in Hanover, Indiana, June 1999