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Michael Pierson


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Michael D. PiersonProfessor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    History
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4283
  • Email

Research Interests

American Political Culture

Education

  • Ph D: History, (1993), SUNY Binghampton - Binghampton, NY
  • BA: History, (1986), Gettysburg College - Gettysburg, PA

Selected Awards and Honors

  • History Department Teaching Award, Teaching - UML
  • Exceeding Expectations Award (2005), Teaching - SGA

Selected Publications

  • Pierson, M.D. (2015). The Meaning of a Union Soldier’s Racial Joke. Civil War History, 61(1) 7-34.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2014). The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reformby James W. Trent Jr. (review). The Journal of the Civil War Era, 4(1) 116.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2013). Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy. Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 111(2) 250.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2012). " In Our Own History": Julia Louisa Lovejoy and the Politics of Benevolence in Bleeding Kansas.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2011). Bleeding Borders: Race, Gender, and Violence in Pre-Civil War Kansas. Great Plains Quarterly, 31(1).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2011). Eric Foner. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. New York: WW Norton and Company. 2010. Pp. xxi, 426. $29.95. The American Historical Review, 116(2) 453-453.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2011). Liberty Party, 1840-1848: Antislavery Third-Party Politics in the United States. Journal of Southern History, 77(1).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2011). The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. American Historical Review, 116(2).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2009). Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans (pp. 264).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2008). Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North. Journal of Southern History, 74(2).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2006). Beyond Garrison: Antislavery and Social Reform. Journal of American History, 93(2).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2006). Their Right to Speak: Women's Activism in the Indian and Slave Debates. Journal of the Early Republic, 26(3).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005). "He Helped the Poor and Snubbed the Rich": Benjamin F. Butler and Class Politics in Lowell and New Orleans. Massachusetts Historical Review, 7 36-68.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005). "Slavery Cannot Be Covered up with Broadcloth or a Bandanna": The Evolution of White Abolitionist Attacks on the "Patriarchal Institution". Journal of the Early Republic, 25(3) 383-415.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005). Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854. American Historical Review, 110(4).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005). Jonathan H. Earle. Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824–1854. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 2004. Pp. xii, 282. Cloth $59.95, paper $22.50. The American Historical Review, 110(4) 1179-1180.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005). Slavery Cannot Be Covered Up with Broadcloth or a Bandanna": The Evolution of White Abolitionist Attacks on the" Patriarchal Institution. Journal of the Early Republic, 25(3) 383-415.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005). Territorial Kansas Online, 1854-1861. The Journal of American History, 91(4) 1556-1557.
  • Umbach, F., Pierson, M.D., Shaffer, M.S., Troy, G., Lair, M.H., Kuhn, C.M., Rosenzweig, R. (2005). Web Site Reviews. Journal of American History, 91(4) 1555-1560.
  • Pierson, M.D. (2002). "Prairies on Fire": The Organization of the 1856 Mass Republican Rally in Beloit, Wisconsin (American Political History). Civil War History, 48(2).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2000). Patriotic Toil: Northern Women and the American Civil War. New York History, 81(4).
  • Pierson, M.D. (2000). The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement. Journal of Southern History, 66(3).
  • Pierson, M.D. (1999). Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America, and Mistresses and Slaves: Plantation Women in South Carolina, 1830-80 (review). NWSA Journal, 11(3) 176-179.
  • Pierson, M.D. (1995). All Southern Society Is Assailed by the Foulest Charges: Charles Sumner's" The Crime against Kansas and the Escalation of Republican Anti-Slavery Rhetoric. New England Quarterly, 531-557.
  • Pierson, M.D. (1993). Between Antislavery and Abolition: The Politics and Rhetoric of Jane Grey Swisshelm. Pennsylvania History, 60(3) 305-321.

Selected Presentations

  • Why the American Civil War Matters Today - Inaugural Francis J. Greene Honors Lecture, 2012 - St. Francis College, Brooklyn
  • Lt. Spalding Writes Home: What a Joke Tells Us about a Civil War Soldier's Confrontation with Death - New England Historical Association, 2012 - Nashua, NH
  • White Unionists in New Orleans: The Many Fates of the Fort Jackson Mutineers - Southern Historical Association, 2008 - New Orleans, LA
  • Unionist White Women's Political Activism in Civil War New Orleans: The Class Context of Ben Butler's Woman Order - Southern Association for Women Historians, 2006 - Baltimore, MD
  • Northern Newspapers and New Orleans Unionists: A Foundation for Reconstruction? - New England Historical Association, 2003 - Waltham, MA
  • Women and Political Apathy in the 1856 Campaign - Social Science History, 2003 - Baltimore, MD
  • Northern Newspapers and New Orleans Unionists: A Foundation for Reconstruction? - Spring Conference Program, 2003, April 2003 - Bentley College, Waltham, MA
  • Dickens, Marine Camels, and Corporate Capitalism - Dickens and America: Literature, Industry and Culture, 2002 - Lowell, MA
  • White Unionism in Confederate New Orleans - Southern Historical Association, 2002 - Baltimore, MD
  • Teaching Jacksonian America as an Undergraduate Discussion Seminar - Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2001 - Baltimore, MD
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin and Antislavery Politics - Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2000 - Buffalo, NY
  • Women's Antislavery Fiction and the 1856 Republican Campaign - Organization of American Historians, 1999 - Toronto, Canada
  • Choosing National Identities: Unionism in New Orleans, 1861-1862 - American Historical Association, 1998 - Seattle, WA
  • Liberty Party Gender Ideologies - Organization of American Historians, 1997 - San Francisco, CA
  • Identifying with the Past: White Students and Class Participation in an American Slavery Seminar - Mid-America Conference on History, 1995 - Springfield, MO
  • Republican Enactments of Gender: Beloit, Wisconsin in 1856 - American Culture Association, 1994 - Chicago, IL
  • Performing Gender: Ideology and Gendered Divisions of Labor in Early Republican Party Rallies - American Studies Association, 1994 - Nashville, TN
  • Separating Morality and Politics: The Impact of the 1848 Buffalo Convention on Antislavery Rhetoric - Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 1994 - Boston, MA
  • Guard the Foundation Well: New York Democrats and the Defense of Patriarchy, 1848-1860" - Conference on New York State History, 1993 - Seneca Falls, NY
  • Family as Political Ideology: Representations of the Fremont Family in the 1856 Presidential Campaign - Great Lakes History Conference, 1992 - Grand Rapids, MI
  • The Case of Jane Swisshelm: Gender as a Factor in Antislavery Rhetoric - Missouri Valley History Conference, 1992 - Omaha
  • The Rape of a Virgin Territory: Politics and Sexual Imagery in Charles Sumner's The Crime Against Kansas - Mid-America Conference on History, 1991 - Springfield, MO

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • UML Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed Grant (2007), Grant - UML
    Pierson, M.
  • Research Travel Grant (2005), Grant - UML College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    Pierson, M.
  • UML Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed Grant (2004), Grant - UML
    Pierson, M.
  • "Community of Scholars, Community as a Classroom (2003), -
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  • Scholar in the City (2003), Grant - Lowell National Historical Park
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  • Andersonville National Historical Site POW (2002), Grant - Andersonville National Historical Site POW
    Pierson, M.
  • UML Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed (2002), Grant - UML
    Pierson, M.
  • "Dickens in America" (2001), Grant - Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
    Pierson, M.
  • Joseph P. Healey Research Grant (2000), Grant - UML
    Pierson, M.
  • Henderson University Faculty Research and Development Award (1997), - Henderson University
    Pierson, M.
  • Henderson University Faculty Research and Development Award (1996), - Henderson University
    Pierson, M.
  • Peacock Memorial Travel Grant (1992), Grant - Peacock Memorial
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  • Dissertation Fellowship (1990), Fellowship - SUNY Binghamton
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