Professor Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D.

Professor Edward L. Ayers
  • University of Richmond
  • Yale University
We cannot understand the United States if we do not understand the South, which has played such an outsized role in the history of our country.

Edward L. Ayers is the Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, summa cum laude, and his PhD in American Studies from Yale University.

Professor Ayers has written or edited 12 books on the history of 19th-century America. He is the author of The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, which won the Lincoln Prize. A predecessor to that book, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859–1864, won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history. Professor Ayers’s book The Promise of the New South was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Since 2008, Professor Ayers has served as one of the cohosts for BackStory, a podcast that explores a different facet of American history each week. Professor Ayers is also the founder of Bunk (www.bunkhistory.org), a website that weaves together articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, and digital projects about the American past.

Professor Ayers has won many awards for his teaching and service. Most prominently, he was named National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching and received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.

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  1. A New History of the American South Sale

    A New History of the American South

    Edward L. Ayers
    4.3 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $219.95 Starting at $29.95 $269.95 $29.95$269.95
    To know the history of the American South is to come to terms with a historical drama of global consequence. In this course, you’ll relive the story of the South through essential episodes such as: the forging of the slave South, Southern prosperity and the cotton economy, the lives of the enslaved, the breakdown of the Union and the wartime South, emancipation and Reconstruction, and the making of the New South.
  2. A New History of the American South & American Civil War Set

    A New History of the American South & American Civil War

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Revisit a pivotal part of our history from two distinct perspectives with this two-course set. Take a deeply compelling excursion into a remarkable story with A New History of the American South. Then, bring to life the people, events, and turning points of the most divisive period in history with American Civil War.
  3. A New History of the American South & The Skeptic’s Guide to American History Set

    A New History of the American South & The Skeptic’s Guide to American History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Take a whole new look at history with this two-course set offering a unique perspective on our past. From the harrowing story of the South’s slave society to the transformative changes that made the New South and its extraordinary cultural legacy, take a deeply-compelling excursion into the remarkable New History of the American South. Then, examines many commonly held myths and half-truths about American history...
  4. A New History of the American South & America’s Founding Fathers Set

    A New History of the American South & America’s Founding Fathers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Go deep inside the crucial components that shaped the USA with this two-course set. In A New History of the American South, you’ll take a richly-detailed excursion into the story and the enduring legacy of the South, in a historical inquiry unique in its scope. Then, America’s Founding Fathers is a deep dive into the creation of the U.S. Constitution as it actually happened – not as many are led to believe it...
  5. A New History of the American South & The American West Set

    A New History of the American South & The American West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Get to know some of the most historically-significant regions of the USA. With A New History of the American South, you’ll take a deeply compelling excursion into the remarkable story of the South. Then, experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in our history with The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy.