Bruce Carlan Levine

Research Interests

The Civil War era; comparative study of bound labor, revolution, and emancipation; 19th century U.S. social, economic, cultural, and political

Research Description

Current book project: Thaddeus Stevens, Revolutionary.  Under contract with Simon and Schuster.


B.A., University of Michigan, 1971
M.A., University of Rochester, 1973
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1980

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, History

Honors & Awards

J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History, UIUC, 2006-2016
Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th-Century American History, the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 2012-2013
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2004-2007, 2010-2013
Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, 2007
Excellence in Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998-99

Recent Publications

Levine, B. C. (2017). Why Northerners Voted for Abraham Lincoln. In E. Cobbs, & E. J. Blum (Eds.), Major Problems in American History: To 1877 (4 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 379-385). Cengage Learning.

Levine, B. C. (2016). “The Vital Element of the Republican Party”: Antislavery, Nativism, and Lincoln. In N. Buccola (Ed.), Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy (pp. 139-163). (American Political Thought). University Press of Kansas.

Levine, B. (2014). Marx Finds a Hostile Biographer. Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, 11(3), 87-91.

Levine, B. (2014). Review: B. E. Baker and B. Kelly's (eds.) After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South. American Historical Review, 119(5), 1695-1696.

Levine, B. C. (2014). The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the social revolution that transformed the South. New York: Random House.

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