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Gellman, David N., Ph.D.




History, Harrison Hall, Room 233
Greencastle, IN


Professor of History (on leave)

Professional Interests I am an Early American Historian, with a particular focus on efforts to abolish slavery from the Age of Revolution through the Civil War and on colonial North American society. My most recent book is American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America, co-authored with Timothy Shannon. I also have published two books on emancipation, race, and citizenship: a monograph on the abolition of slavery in New York; and, with David Quigley, a document collection on the debate over race and citizenship in New York from the American Revolution through Reconstruction. I am currently writing a multi-generational biography entitled "Liberty's Legacy: The Jay Family and Slavery Across Four Centuries." This book will tell the story of the transmission and transformation of personal and political values in a prominent American family from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. In addition, I have developed an interest in the history of American cities, especially Chicago and New York City. Finally, my fascination with music legend Bruce Springsteen's relationship to American culture has led to the publication of two essays.


Courses Regularly Taught:

HIST105: American Experience: Abolishing Slavery
HIST105: American Experience: Unsolved Colonial Mysteries Current Syllabus Link
HIST197: FYS: Declaration of Independence Current Syllabus Link
HIST263: Founding US Civilizations Current Syllabus Link
HIST264: Nineteenth Century US Current Syllabus Link
HIST281: African & the Black Diaspora
HIST362: Voices of a Revolutionary Age Current Syllabus Link
HIST373: Chicago and New York Current Syllabus Link
HIST490: Senior Seminar

Select Publications 

American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America, co-author, Timothy J. Shannon (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).