The Meaning of the American Civil War

Dr. Randall M. Miller
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 - 2 p.m.

Dr. Randall Miller

Dr. Randall Miller will speak on “The Meaning of the American Civil War.” Dr. Miller is the William Dirk Warren ’50 Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of History at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he has taught since 1972. He is the author or editor of numerous books, as well as more than 80 articles, which address various topics such as African-American culture and life, religion, social reform, popular culture in America, regional cultures (especially the American South), American diary-keeping, the American Civil War, urban affairs, and ethnic and immigrant history. 

He is probably best known for his award-winning book, “Dear Master: Letters of a Slave Family,” (Cornell University Press, 1978; rev. & enlarged ed., University of Georgia Press, 1990). He earned a Ph.D. in 1971 and a master’s degree in 1968 from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in 1967 from Hope College.

His most recent book (as co-author) is “Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People,” (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005.) He is former editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and the co-editor of “Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth,” (Penn State Press, 2002).

Dr. Miller has served on and presided over the boards of various scholarly and museum organizations, including the Pennsylvania Historical Association and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. He currently sits on the board of Cliveden of the National Historic Trust.

He has appeared in and been consulted for documentaries that have aired nationally on cable and public broadcast channels and has served as a consultant and writer for numerous museum exhibitions. Dr. Miller appeared in several regional and national media outlets as a consultant on the 2008 National Election.