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Tom Schott


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Civil War, Reconstruction, military and political, Southern politics, slavery, civil war causation, general American history. Prefer 18th/19th century, but can handle all.

Experience in the area

College level teacher. Published author.


Ph.D. in American history (LSU, 1978)

What do you like about this subject?

It's the broadest, most human of all the humanities. It's the most accurate explanation of the present. Endlessly fascinating.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

That's easy: I'd like to write three or four more books, one of which would be about baseball history.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The vice president of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia, never weighed more than 80 pounds his entire life. He was 67 inches tall.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The most readable history and probably the most influential is being written by non-professional historians.

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Recent Answers from Tom Schott

2015-06-24 Civil War:

Hi, Jay,    I can understand your puzzlement. And you are right: it is unusual that a guy from Michigan would be enlisting in another state's unit. But the explanation is probably simple. Just like today

2013-06-17 John Wilkes Booth:

Hi, Doug,    I know of no such books because the Lincoln assassination conspiracy is well-documented, although you are right that Booth was the only one who attacked Lincoln, he had accomplices on his

2013-02-21 Oregon Trail:

Hi,    First of all, I'd like to know your name. Second, I hope you are aware this is not my main area of expertise (I'm a Civil War and Reconstruction guy), although I'm knowledgeable about the westward

2013-01-20 KKK vs. Knights of the White Camelia:

The Knight of the White Camelia was a racist organization ostensibly founded to protect WHITE southern womanhood (from black men, though not explicitly stated). But its chief task was the intimidation

2012-09-14 Cause of the Civil War:

Philip,    I have heard a variation on your question a thousand times before, and I always answer it the same way: if there is no slavery in the U.S., there is no Civil War. What really caused the


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