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Sarah J Purcell

Sarah
Professor of History and Director of the Rosenfield Program
Professor

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Sarah Purcell graduated from Grinnell with a B.A. in history in 1992. She went on to earn an A.M. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1997) from Brown University. She joined the faculty of Grinnell in 2000 after teaching at Central Michigan University. Ms. Purcell's research interests include: the Early National, Antebellum, and Civil War periods; popular culture and political culture; gender history; and military history. She is author of Sealed with Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, and Eyewitness History: The Early American Republic. She is co-author of The Encyclopedia of Battles in North America, 1517-1915 (which won a 2000 Best of Reference award from the New York Public Library) and Critical Lives: The Life and Work of Eleanor Roosevelt. She is currently working on a new book, Spectacle of Grief: The Politics of Mourning and the U.S. Civil War. She is currently the Director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3091

Fax: 

(641) 269-4733

Faculty

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On-Campus Address: 

201 1205 Park Street-Macy House
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. in History (1992), Grinnell College A.M. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997), Brown University

Courses Taught: 

Courses Regularly Taught: HIS 100: Making History: U.S. History in the Age of Transatlantic Revolution HIS 211: Colonial and Revolutionary America HIS 212: Democracy in America HIS 214: The American Civil War and Reconstruction Seminars Taught: HIS 311: Politics in the Early American Republic HIS 325: Popular Politics in the United States, 1765-1877 HIS 326: History of the 19th Century American Popular Culture

Other Academic Interests: 

Early National, Antebellum, and Civil War periods; popular culture and political culture; gender history; and military history

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