Academic journal article Civil War History

In Memoriam

Academic journal article Civil War History

In Memoriam

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William Eugene Gienapp, professor of American history at Harvard University, died October 29, 2003, after a lengthy illness. Gienapp was a 1967 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He went on to earn a master's degree in history at Yale before returning to Berkeley to study under Kenneth Stampp. His dissertation, published in 1987 as The Origins of the Republican Party, 1852-1856 (Oxford Univ. Press), is a sophisticated blend of econometric analysis and traditional narrative that set a new standard for nineteenth-century political history. Gienapp's other publications include portions of the popular textbook Nation of Nations (McGraw-Hill, 1990), Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America (Oxford Univ. Press, 2002), and its companion volume, This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln (Oxford Univ. Press, 2002). Gienapp taught at the University of Wyoming for nine years before moving on to Harvard. There he taught classes in the Civil War and Reconstruction and American social and cultural history, including a popular course on the history of baseball. For his scholarly integrity, kindness, and good humor, the Harvard Crimson described him as "beloved. …

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