Rachel F. Seidman

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Southern Oral History Program
Center for the Study of the American South
Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 E. Franklin Street, CB #9127
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-9127
919.962.0455 (phone)


BA Oberlin College, 1988
PhD Yale University, 1995

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Professor Seidman’s current research interests focus on oral history and the history of U.S. women’s activism.  She is particularly interested in connecting history to current public debates through civic engagement and community-based research.

Some Notable Publications

  • The Civil War: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • “This Little House of Mine: Grown-Up Thoughts on Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Common-place, www.common-place.org, April 2003
  • “‘A Monstrous Doctrine’? Women on Dependency During the Civil War Era,” in The North’s Civil War: The Yankee Homefront and the Union War Effort, Paul Cimbala, ed., (Fordham University Press, 2002)
  • “‘We Were Enlisted for the War’: Ladies’ Aid Societies and Women’s Political Participation during the Civil War,” in Making and Remaking Pennsylvania’s Civil War, William Pencak and William Blair, eds. (Penn State University Press, 2001)

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • COMM 669—The Women’s Movement in the Triangle: Oral History and Civic Engagement


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