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Michael Pierson

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Michael D. PiersonProfessor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentHistory
  • Phone(978) 934-4283
  • EmailMichael_Pierson@uml.edu

Research Interests

American Political Culture

Education

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

Awards and Honors

  • History Department Teaching Award, Teaching - UML
  • ?Exceeding Expectations Award" (2010) - SGA
  • ?Exceeding Expectations Award" (2009) - SGA
  • ?Exceeding Expectations Award" (2005), Teaching - SGA

Publications

  • Pierson, M.D. (2015) "The Meaning of a Union Soldier’s Racial Joke," Civil War History 61:1 pp. 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 pp. 116
  • Montrie, C. (2013) "Mark Fiege. The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States. James Morton Turner. The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964.," American Historical Review 118:4 pp. 1141
  • Pierson, M.D. (2013) "Stephen A. Douglas and Antebellum Democracy.," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 111:2 pp. 250
  • Montrie, C. (2013) "The Poco Field: An American Story of Place.," Journal of Southern History 79:3 pp. 764 - 766
  • 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 pp. 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: pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 383-415
  • Pierson, M.D. (2005) "Territorial Kansas Online, 1854–1861," The Journal of American History 91:4 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 531-557
  • Pierson, M.D. (1993) "Between Antislavery and Abolition: The Politics and Rhetoric of Jane Grey Swisshelm," Pennsylvania History 60:3 pp. 305-321

Presentations

  • - New England Historical Association, - Waltham, M
  • 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
  • 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

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), -
    Pierson, M.
  • Scholar in the City (2003), Grant - Lowell National Historical Park
    Pierson, M.
  • 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
    Pierson, M.
  • Dissertation Fellowship (1990), Fellowship - SUNY Binghamton
    Pierson, M.