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David Thomson

Antebellum/Civil War America, Religion, History of Capitalism

Graduate Student
B.A., Bowdoin College, 2008

Office: 220B LeConte
Office Hours: T 11:00-1:00, By appt.

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David's research explores Union bond markets during the American Civil War. Specifically, he looks at the war "as sold" by Union financiers and the thousands of agents who combed the Union, Confederacy, and Europe to sell these acts of confidence in the imperiled Union. This work also examines the marketing strategies employed to sell the war to over half a million subscribers.

Research and Teaching Interests

[Cultural & Intellectual]
[Gender & Sexuality]
[U.S. 19th & 20th Century]
[U.S. South]


"Bonds of War: The Evolution of Financial Markets in the Civil War Era North," supervised by Dr. Stephen Berry (In Progress)

Selected Publications

We Are in His Hands Whether We Live or Die: The Letters of Brevet Brigadier General Charles Henry Howard (University of Tennessee Press, 2013) editor More Info

"Lehman Brothers Goes to War ," (2013) More Info

"Oliver Otis Howard: Reassessing the Legacy of the 'Christian General'," American Nineteenth Century History (2009)

Honors and Awards

Program in Early American Economy and Society Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia (2014)

Short-Term Research Fellowship, New York Public Library (2014)

Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Indiana University (2014)

Gilder Lehrman Fellowship , Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York, New York (2014)

Marty and Bruce Coffey Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014)

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department (2013)

University of Georgia Franklin College—University of Liverpool Doctoral Student Short—Term International Research Fellowship, University of Georgia (2013)

History Project Research Grant, Harvard Center for History and Economics (2013)

Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowship, Harvard Business School (2013)

Gregory Graduate Research Award, UGA History Department (2012)

Rothschild Archive Research Bursary, Rothschild Archive, London, England (2012)

Willson Center Graduate Research Award, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia (2012)


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