Louis Masur

American Historian, Authority
on Lincoln and the Civil War

April 21, 2021

“Hamilton vs. Jefferson:

The Rivalry That Shaped America”


Louis Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. A graduate of the University at Buffalo and Princeton University, he is a cultural historian.


His most recent work is Lincoln’s Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction & The  Crisis of Reunion (2015), Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012), and The Civil War: A Concise History (2011).


Masur’s essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He has also written for the American Scholar, Chronicle of Higher Education, Salon, and Slate.


Masur has been elected to membership of  the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians and has received teaching prizes from Harvard University, the City College of New York, and Trinity College.

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