Lewis C. Perry
John Francis Bannon, S.J., Professor, Emeritus
Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1967; M.S., New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1964; B.A., Oberlin College, 1960.
I was trained in American intellectual history, wrote a dissertation on radical antislavery movements, and have continuing interests in religion and reform, theatre and popular culture, and democracy and citizenship. Through the years I have resisted a narrow period specialty, even as my teaching became ever more focused on the early republic, the rise of Jacksonian democracy, and the antislavery struggle. My current project is a study of civil disobedience in American life from the Revolution to the present. After that, I'm thinking of a book on pacifism during World War II.
Honors and Fellowships:
- OAH Distinguished Lecturer, 1987-present
- Research Grant, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 1991-92
- Visiting Raoul Wallenberg Fellow, Rutgers University, 1991-92
- Visiting Fellow, New York Institute for the Humanities, 1991-92
- Ampart lectureships, United States Information Service: India and Nepal, 1986, France 1989
- Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1987-88
- Lectureship on the Bicentennial of the Constitution, Poynter Center, Ball Brothers Foundation, 1985
- Editor, Journal of American History, 1978-84
- Director, Summer Seminar for College Teachers ("Democratic Culture in America, 1770-1870"), National Endowment for the Humanities, 1983
- Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, 1982
- Demonstration Grant for a new course entitled "Theatrical America," National Endowment for the Humanities, 1976-78
- Fellowship, National Humanities Institute, Yale University, 1975-76
- Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 1972-73
- Boats Against the Current: American Culture Between Revolution and Modernity, 1820-1860 (Oxford University Press, 1993; Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).
- Intellectual Life in America: A History (Franklin Watts, 1984; University of Chicago Press, 1989; Indian edition, New Delhi, Asian Books, 1988).
- Childhood, Marriage, and Reform: Henry Clarke Wright, 1797-1870 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980).
- Radical Abolitionism: Anarchy and the Government of God in Antislavery Thought (Cornell University Press, 1973; University of Tennessee Press, 1995).
- "Scripture and Slaughter: The American Civil War as a Theological and Moral Crisis," Modern Intellectual History (Cambridge Univ. Press), vol. 6, no. 1 (2009).
- "Harriet Jacobs on the 'Dear Old Flag,'" African American Review (Fall 2008).
- "'What Disturbed the Unitarian Church in This Very City': Alton, the Slavery Conflict, and Western Unitarianism," co-authored with Matthew C. Sherman, Civil War History, 54 (March 2008): 5-34.
- "Baptism on the Universalist Frontier," Journal of Unitarian Universalist History 29 (2003): 3-18.
Essays in Edited Volumes
- "Religion and Reform," A Companion to American Cultural History, ed. Karen Halttunen, ( Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2008), 79-94.
- "Abolitionism," Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, ed. Robert O'Meally and Jack Salzman (Gale, 2005).
- "Black Abolitionists and the Origins of Civil Disobedience," Moral Problems in American Life: New Perspectives on Cultural History (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998): 102-121.
- Moral Problems in American Life: New Perspectives on Cultural History (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998). (Co-editor)
- Antislavery Reconsidered: New Perspectives on the Abolitionists (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979). (Co-editor)
- Patterns of Anarchy: A Collection of Writings on the Anarchist Tradition (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1966). (Co-editor)
- American Thought and Culture Series, 11 volumes, 1989-1998. (Editor, and co-editor of forthcoming volumes).