Brian K. Fennessy

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Version 2PhD Candidate

Major Field: United States History
Other Fields:
African American History
Harry L. Watson and William L. Barney



BA Sewanee: University of the South, 2012
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
MA Thesis: “The Re-construction of Memory and Loyalty in North Carolina, 1865-1880”

Research Interests

I am interested in the intersection of politics and culture at the individual level and how societal change during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries filters into personal transformation. My dissertation project examines a group of former Confederates for whom post-Civil War Reconstruction became a personal project when they reinvented themselves as Republicans. Their attempts to rethink citizenship, gender, race, and political economy point to both the possibilities and limitations of nation building in the war’s aftermath.


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