Speakers & Panelists
Dr. Inscoe is the Albert B. Saye Professor of History at the University of Georgia, where he has taught for the past thirty years. He has written widely on slavery, race, and the Civil War in Southern Appalachia. He edited the Georgia Historical Quarterly for fifteen years, and for the past fifteen years has edited the on-line New Georgia Encyclopedia. His talk comes from his book, The Civil War in Georgia, a collection of articles from the NGE published by UGA Press.
J. David Hacker
Dr. Hacker's groundbreaking article, "A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead" (Civil War History, 2011) reexamines the number killed during the US Civil War, challenging the widely accepted estimate of 620,000. Using quantitative methods, Hacker demonstrates that the number of dead is closer to 750,000. This revised figure forces a reexamination of both the immediate and long-term human costs of the war. Dr. Hacker's upcoming book, Notorious and Palpable: The Demographic Consequences of the American Civil War, will present more extensive analysis of his findings.
Dr. Justice’s work focuses on the influence of southern secession on American constitutionalism. Using Georgia as an example, Dr. Justice argues that southern defeat in the Civil War had dramatic consequences on American federalism at large. Southern constitutional conventions in 1865, more commonly called Reconstruction conventions, were the first expressions of these changes. He is currently working on an article that explores the early foundations of the Georgia secession convention of 1861. Dr. Justice has authored related articles in the New Georgia Encyclopedia and has taught courses on the Civil War, the American South, and Georgia history.
Dr. Ouzts’s work examines military action during the Civil War and the economic and environmental impact of the war. Dr. Ouzts has written articles about Gregg’s Brigade from South Carolina, as well as the postwar evolution of cotton culture and sharecropping in Georgia and Florida. As a southern and environmental historian, Dr. Ouzts is particularly interested in the war’s impact on the southern landscape. Dr. Ouzts regularly offers courses in American history, including survey courses and specialized courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction and Environmental History.
Jennifer Lund Smith
Dr. Smith’s work explores themes of gender and race during the Civil War and Reconstruction, with particular focus on the Appalachian region. She is the author of several book chapters, including contributions in Appalachians and Race (2001), Intimate Strategies of the Civil War (2001), and Inside the Confederate Nation (2007). Dr. Smith is an active member of the Georgia Association of Historians, serving as president in 2012-2013. Dr. Smith regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th and 20th century United States history.
A native of Mississippi, Dr. Wynne is the author of two works that examine the Civil War in Mississippi: Mississippi’s Civil War: A Narrative History and A Hard Trip: A History of the 15th Mississippi Infantry, CSA, both published through Mercer University Press. In addition, Dr. Wynne edited and annotated ‘The Personal Observations of a Man of Intelligence’: Notes of a Tour of North America in 1861, by James Fergusson and has written introductions for several Barnes and Noble historic reprints, including The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government by Jefferson Davis; Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War by G.F.R. Henderson; Mosby’s Memoirs by John S. Mosby; and Recollections and Letters of Robert E Lee. Dr. Wynne regularly teaches undergraduate courses in U.S. History, including U.S. History to 1877 and The Civil War and Reconstruction.
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