The Catholic University of America

Stephen A. West

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 1998, Columbia University
Civil War, Reconstruction, Southern US history

Office: 245 Marist Hall


Spring 2017 office hours: Tuesdays, 10am-12noon, and by appointment




Coeditor. Freedom:  A Documentary History of Emancipation, series 3, volume 2, Land and Labor, 1866-67.  University of North Carolina Press, August 2013.

" 'A Hot Municipal Contest':  Prohibition and Politics in Greenville South Carolina after Reconstruction."  Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 11 (Oct. 2012):  519-51. (link to pdf)

From Yeoman to Redneck in the South Carolina Upcountry, 1850-1915. University of Virginia Press, 2008.

" 'A General Remodeling of Every Thing': Economy and Race in the Post-Emancipation South." In Thomas J. Brown, ed., Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States. Oxford University Press, 2006.  Paperback, 2008. 

"Minute Men, Yeomen, and the Mobilization for Secession in Upcountry South Carolina." Journal of Southern History 71 (Feb. 2005): 75-104.


Sample Courses Taught

  • History 353 - Era of Civil War and Reconstruction
  • History 357 - History of the Old South, 1607-1865
  • History 660 - Graduate Readings on Civil War and Reconstruction


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