History professors discuss the Underground Railroad, imperialism, and Lincoln on video

A downloadable video series focusing on faculty members and their published works and research is available on the College's YouTube channel. Five members of the history department have been added to the series where faculty authors discuss their published works and research, challenges they faced and surprising developments along the way.

Scott Hancock: Associate professor of History and Africana Studies

Slavery, Resistance, Freedom
Hancock delivers insight with various essays on the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and the connection between Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Hancock teaches courses focused on African American history but also teaches a number of courses on law in US history.

Allen Guelzo: Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and a professor of history
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America
This book is a history of the genesis, issuance, and aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The history of the political and legal reasoning behind Lincoln's series of decisions is the underlying theme of the book. The first two-time winner of the Lincoln Prize and Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize, Guelzo portrays Lincoln not so much as the deeply compassionate and thoughtful man he was but rather as a man of inordinate understanding of his fellow citizens and the needs of his fractured nation.

Frank Chiteji: professor of History and Africana Studies & William Bowman: professor of History
Imperialism in the Modern World
The book grew out of the experience of teaching history at Gettysburg College. It was written from the perspective of African, Asian, and European historians. The book gives multiple perspectives and includes materials written from all three areas of the world.

Michael Birkner: Benjamin Franklin Professor of the Liberal Arts and professor of History
Gettysburg College: The Campus History Series
Birkner's scholarship has focused on aspects of 19th- and 20th-century America: political, urban, oral and biographical history. His book on Gettysburg college was written in collaboration with student David Crumplar and helped to celebrate the college's 175th anniversary. He has most recently written about longtime Athletic Director Hen Bream.

Timothy Shannon: professor of History
Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754
In the first book on the subject in more than 45 years, Shannon rewrites the historical record. Challenging the received wisdom that has equated the Congress and the plan of colonial union it produced with the origins of American independence, Shannon demonstrates the Congress's importance in the wider context of Britain's 18th century empire.


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Fri, 5 Feb 2010

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