James Campbell

Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History
Ph.D., Stanford University, History (1989)
M.A., Stanford University, History (1983)
B.A., Yale University, History (1980)
James Campbell

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July 17, 2020
As people across the United States confront the nation’s legacy of slavery and systemic racism, monuments and memorials honoring the Confederacy have become political flashpoints, with some demanding their removal as symbols of racial oppression and others warning of an attempt to “erase” history and heritage. According to Stanford historian Jam...
July 9, 2020
In two furious speeches over the Fourth of July weekend, President Trump answered the question he had previously fumbled about his reason for seeking reelection. Six months after his first briefing about the coronavirus pandemic, six weeks after the killing of George Floyd, the president has found his platform: white backlash. In his words, he...
February 19, 2019
Lillian Smith did something 70 years ago that was unusual for a white writer: She delved into the world of southern gentility to reveal the bigotry, both casual and virulent, that lay beneath. In her controversial book, “Killers of the Dream,” she unflinchingly lay bare racist sensibilities, taboos and behavior — of her neighbors, family and...


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