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Michael W. Fitzgerald

Professor of History

Director, American Racial and Multicultural Studies

Director, Africa and the Americas Concentration

Address: History Department, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN  55057

Office number: (507) 786-3162

Fax Number: (507) 786-3462

E-mail: fitz@stolaf.edu

Spring Semester 2011 Office Hours:

Tuesday 2-3, Wednesday 3-4, Thursday 2-3, and by appointment in Holland Hall 532 


Current Classes--Spring Semester 2010 Courses

History 181, First Year Seminar, Slavery in the Americas

History 270, Seminar for Majors: The Civil War

History 277, African American History


Selected Publications:

Splendid Failure: Postwar Reconstruction in the American South (Ivan R. Dee Press, 2007)

Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890 (Louisiana State University Press,
September 2002)  Available at http://www.lsu.edu/lsupress/bookPages/9780807128374.html

The Union League Movement in the Deep South: Politics and Agricultural Change During Reconstruction (LSU Press, 1989).
Available at http://www.lsu.edu/lsupress/bookPages/9780807128374.html

'To Give Our Votes to the Party': Black Political Agitation and Agricultural Change in Alabama, 1865-1870," Journal of American History, (September 1989), 489-505.

"Radical Republicanism and the White Yeomanry during Alabama Reconstruction, 1865-1868," Journal of Southern History (November 1988), 565-596,

"'We Have Found A Moses': Theodore Bilbo, Black Nationalism, and the Greater Liberia Bill of 1939," Journal of Southern History (May 1997), 1-28.

"The Ku Klux Klan: Property Crime and the Plantation System in Reconstruction Alabama," Agricultural History (Spring 1997), 186-206.

"Reconstruction Politics and the Politics of Reconstruction," in Thomas M. Brown, Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (Oxford University Press, 2006), 91-116.