Nebraska Authors

James A. Rawley

Born 1916-11-09 Terre Haute, IN (USA)

Died 2005-11-29
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Rawley was a distinguished historian of the American Civil War and American race relations, and a biographer of Abraham Lincoln. Rawley studied at Columbia University with Alan Nevins, David Donald and Merle Curti. The OAH gives a James A. Rawley Prize to honor outstanding scholarship. Rawley taught at Hunter College and Sweet Briar College before coming to the University of Nebraska in 1964, where he taught for 23 years until his retirement.

UN-L Archives and Special Collections has the James A. Rawley Papers.

Places Lived

Terre Haute, IN
Ann Arbor, MI
New York, NY
Lincoln, NE, 1964-2005

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


History - United States; Civil War - United States


Undergraduate Studies, Indiana State Teachers College, Terre Haute, IN
Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Master of Arts Degree, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D., 1949, Columbia University, New York, NY


History Professor

Places Worked

Hunter College, New York, NY
Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Carl Adolph Happold Professor Emeritus of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Kappa Phi
Royal Historical Society
Society of American Historians, Fellow


The American Civil War: An English View 1964. (editor)
Turning points of the Civil War. 1966.
Lincoln and Civil War politics. 1969. (editor)
Race and Politics : "Bleeding Kansas" and the Coming of the Civil War. 1969.
The Politics of Union: Northern Politics During the Civil War. 1974.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade: A History. 1981.
Secession: The Disruption of the American Republic, 1844-1861. 1990.
Abraham Lincoln: A Nation Worth Fighting for. 1996 (republished with new introduction, 2003).
London: Metropolis of the Slave Trade. 2003

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