Nina Silber has been a member of the faculty at Boston University since 1990 where she teaches in both the department of history and the program in American and New England Studies. Her research and teaching have focused mainly on issues related to historical memory, gender, and the Civil War. The recipient of numerous awards – including fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities – Professor Silber has also published works that have helped to expand the scholarly horizons in the study of the Civil War. Among her most important publications are: The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993); Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992); Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005); and Gender and the Sectional Conflict (2008).
Her current research, tentatively titled Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America, examines the various ways the Civil War was invoked in the years of the Great Depression and New Deal, particularly in the political struggles between “popular fronters”, anti-Communists, and civil rights activists.
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