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Dr. Amanda Bellows

Historian, Author, Lecturer



Dr. Amanda Bellows is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States. She teaches at The New School and Hunter College.

Her book, American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. 

Her research, writing, and teaching focus on the history of American slavery, the Civil War era, Reconstruction, and nineteenth-century popular culture.

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American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination

June 2020

"This is an extraordinary, innovative book, which follows in the footsteps of Peter Kolchin’s Unfree Labor, and adds new dimensions to the comparative history of American slavery and Russian serfdom by providing a detailed and compelling analysis of depictions of former slaves and serfs in a diverse collection of sources."--Enrico Dal Lago, National University of Ireland Galway

"Bellows takes on a fascinating aspect of a very important topic of comparative history, providing novel insights to the question of emancipation in the Unites States and Russia with skillful readings of nineteenth-century popular culture."--Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University


Public Engagement

Selected Articles

“Why We Should Remember 1619"

August 18, 2019

"150 Cheers for the 14th Amendment"

June 9, 2018

"How the Civil War Created College Football"

January 2, 2015

“No Language Like Song"

September 16, 2011



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