Professor
Georgia Athletic Association Professor

Basic Information

Curriculum Vitae:
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Personal Website:
Office:
224 LeConte Hall
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 11am-Noon or by appointment

Scott Reynolds Nelson is the prizewinning author of five books on 19th-century US history. The New York Times has most recently called him a “fascinating guide to the grim landscape of Reconstruction.” His book, Steel Drivin’ Man (2007), about the life of the African-American folklore legend John Henry, won four national awards including the National Award for Arts Writing and the Merle Curti Prize for best book in US history. A young-adult book he co-wrote with Marc Aronson, Ain’t Nothing But a Man (2007), describes how historians do research. With Carol Sheriff he wrote a social history of the American Civil War entitled A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War (2008). His book on the history of capitalism, A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters (2012) was named a best business book of the year by Business Week. He has been a research fellow at Harvard University, the Filson Historical Society, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and in 2019-20 was named a Guggenheim fellow. He is at work on a history of cheap food for Basic Books tentatively entitled Oceans of Grain: Food and the Fate of Empires. It explores how cheap American grain helped to destabilize the Ottoman, Qing, and Russian Empires.

Selected Publications:

Selected Articles

“Who Put their Capitalism in My Slavery?” Journal of the Civil War Era 5.2 (June 2015): 289-310.

“The Ordeal of Eugene Debs: The Panic of 1893, the Pullman Strike and the Origins of the Progressive Movement,” in Leon Fink, et. al., eds., Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises (University of Illinois Press, 2014), 99-110.

“A Storm of Cheap Goods: New American Commodities and the Panic of 1873,” The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10 (Oct. 2011): 447-453.

“An American War of Incarceration: Guerilla Warfare, Occupation, and Imprisonment in the American South, 1863-1865,” in Stephen J. Rockel and Rick Halpern, Inventing Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire (Between the Lines, 2009), 115-128.

“After Slavery: Forced Drafts of Irish and Chinese Labor in the American Civil War, or The Search for Liquid Labor” in Emma Christopher, Cassandra Pybus,  and Marcus Rediker, ed., Many Middle Passages: Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World (University of California Press, September 2007)

Education:

PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U.S. History 1995

Events with Scott Reynolds Nelson

LeConte Hall Room 320

Articles Featuring Scott Reynolds Nelson

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 5:21am

Scott Nelson, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Humanities in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.