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Ohio State History Prof to Present 20th Annual WC/DAC History Lecture

Grimsley's Topic Is 'The Democracy That Broke'

October 12, 2012

Dr. Mark Grimsley

Dr. Mark Grimsley

Ohio State University professor Mark Grimsley will speak to a Wilmington College audience on “The Democracy That Broke” Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Kelly Center’s McCoy Room.

He will explore how the “dearth of civility and civic virtue — both characteristics highly prized by the Founders — caused the American experiment in republican government to fall off a cliff in 1860-1861.”

The program is the 20th edition of the annual WC/Daughters of American Colonists Endowed Lecture Series, which is free of charge. WC’s History Department with Edward Agran, professor of history, is hosting the event.

Grimsley, who is an associate professor in OSU’s History Department, joined the university’s faculty in 1992, but spent eight years instructing history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from 1999 to 2007, before returning to Columbus five years ago. In addition, he has been a faculty research associate with the Mershon Center at OSU since 2003.

He holds a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State, as well as a Master of Arts degree in war studies from the University of London and a bachelor’s degree in history from OSU.

The Lincoln and Soldiers Institute awarded Grimsley the Lincoln Prize for The Hard Hand of War as the best book published on the Civil War in 1995. Grimsley received the university’s highest award for teaching excellence with the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.

Also, he was a finalist for an OSU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award and, in 1997, received the College of Humanities’ highest award for teaching excellence, the Ben M. Jones III Award. In addition, Grimsley has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, and has earned two “Best of” Cliopatria Awards for his history blogs.

He has published extensively and among his numerous publications are academic books on the Civil War, including The Collapse of the Confederacy, And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 and The Union Must Stand: The Civil War Diary of John Quincy Adams Campbell, Fifth Iowa Volunteers.

He also has written scores of articles, chapters and essays for such publications as Civil War Times Illustrated, World War II and Journal of Military History.