Melinda Lawson

Melinda Lawson is Senior Lecturer and Director of Public History at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She is the author of Patriot Fires: Forging a New American Nationalism in the Civil War North (2002.) She has published chapters in An Uncommon Time: The Civil War and the Northern Homefront (2002) and Contested Democracy: Freedom,
Race, and Power in American History (2007), and articles in Civil War History and The Journal of the Civil War Era.


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  1. Contested Loyalty
    Situational and wartime constructions of "Patriotism" and "Loyalty" shaped American discourse and actions throughout the Civil War. While most scholarly work on Civil War Era nationalism has focused on southern identity and... Learn More
    Published: 5th June 2018
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