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Kelly Mezurek

Professor of History

B.A. Baldwin-Wallace College; M.A. and Ph.D., Kent State University

Walsh University
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio44720
United States

Publications

‘“De Bottom Rails on Top Now”: Black Union Guards and Confederate Prisoners of War,” in Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered, edited by Michael P. Gray with a forward by John T. Hubbell. Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press, October 2018.

“Civil War Incarceration in History and Memory: A Roundtable.” Civil War History, volume 63, no. 3, September 2017.

Dear Mother: The Letters of William C. Quantrill to his Mother Caroline, 1885-1860, editor. Dover, Ohio: Dover Historical Society, 2017.
For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops. Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press, October 2016.

Presentations

“They Were More Than ‘Lucky’: Black Veterans, Their Choices, Their Rights, and Their Presence in the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers System.” Paper presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference. Indianapolis, Indiana. October 4, 2018.

“‘Without Thought of Each Other Except as Soldiers Disabled’: The Experience of Black Veterans in Midwestern Branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.” Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Midwestern History Conference. Grand Rapids, Michigan. June 6, 2018.

“Civil War Era Letters: Digital Research, Pedagogy, and Scholarship.” Paper presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference. New Orleans, Louisiana. January 4, 2018.

“Removing Controversial Monuments.” Speaker and Moderator. Ohio Local History Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference. Dublin, Ohio. October 6, 2017.

“It Will Gratify You to Know That All Possible Attention Was Given Him: Civil War Hospital Correspondence Sent to the Families of the United States Colored Troops.” 25th Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine. Shepherdstown, West Virginia. September 16, 2017.

“‘Rebel Soldiers and Darkies on Guard over Them!’: Race, Retaliation, and Black Soldiers as Civil War Sentinels.” Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. Spotsylvania, Virginia. August 4, 2017. Available on CSPAN

“U.S. Colored Troops as Post-war Inmates of Soldiers’ Homes: The Relationship between Black and White ‘Disabled Veterans’ and the Civil War Culture of Commemoration.” 2017 Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference on “Memory and Commemoration.” Charleston, South Carolina. February 2, 2017.

“The Future of Midwestern History.” Invited Discussant of Plenary Panel. Second Annual Midwestern History Conference. Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, Michigan. June 1, 2016.

“I Have Seen More since I Left Home than I Ever Supposed There was in the World:” Black Soldiers, Midwestern Community Correspondence, and the Civil War.” Second Annual Midwestern History Conference. Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, Michigan. June 1, 2016.

"Recruited, Drafted, and 'Sold' by the Provost Marshal: African American Soldiers and Midwestern Military Quotas.” The 41st Great Lakes History Conference. Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus. Allendale, Michigan. October 9, 2015.

“Fore it Greeves me to the Hart”: Condolence Letters, the United States Colored Troops, and the Black Civil War Experience.” Gender, War, Memory in the Anglo-American World Conference. The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi. Oxford, Mississippi. October 2, 2015.

"History Labs: Flipping/Scrambling Humanities Classes for College Students." Lilly Conference on Evidenced-Based Teaching and Learning. Austin, Texas. January 5, 2015.

"Becoming Citizens: African Americans in Ohio and the Civil War." Beyond the Battlefield: Ohio CW 150 Symposium. Ohio Historical Society. Columbus, Ohio. November 8, 2014.

“Academic Historians in the Public: Challenges and Responsibilities.” Round Table Presentation with Andrew Cayton and Bradley Keefer at the Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting and Conference. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. April 5, 2014.

“Remaking the Undergraduate History Class: Adding History Labs to Upper Division College Courses.” Paper presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico. January 4, 2014.

From Kentucky to Ohio, From Slave to Soldier: How was the Journey to ‘His Promised Land’ Transformed?” The Civil War Study Group 6th Annual Symposium. Filson Historical Society. Louisville, Kentucky. September 14, 2013.

“Educating Public Historians: Responsible Collaboration between Academe and the Field.” Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting and Conference. Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio. April 6, 2013.

“Our Men were Soldiers: African American Wives and Mothers of USCT Veterans.” Association for the Study of African American Life and History Annual Conference. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. September 28, 2012.

“Oral History, Service Learning, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Guiding Students to Help them Give Local Communities a Voice.” Oral History Association Annual Conference. Cleveland, Ohio. October 13, 2012.

"A Black Man’s Rights to Untrammeled Manhood:" Robert A. Pinn, USCT Soldier and Veteran.” Paper presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference. Orlando, Florida. January 5, 2012.

“Making the Town & Gown Connection: How to Create Productive Partnerships with Local Universities.” Presentation at the Ohio Local History Alliance. Columbus, Ohio. October 7, 2011.

“Program Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Systemic Approach.” Paper presented with Nezam Al-Nsair at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching & Learning –West. CalPoly Southern University. Kellogg Ranch, California. March 11-12, 2011.         

“‘I Only Wish That You Could Have Been Hear To Have Seen’: Black Northern Soldiers and Their Impressions of the Slave South.” Paper presented at the Great Lakes History Conference. Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, Michigan. October 9-10, 2010.

“Civil War 150 and Commemorating Ohio’s Military Contributions.” Paper presented at the Ohio Academy of History Spring Meeting. Capital University. Columbus, Ohio. March 26-27, 2010.

“Renegotiating the Social Contract: Northern Black Veterans in Post-Civil War America.” Paper presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference. San Diego, California. January 6-9, 2010.

"The Life of a USCT Veteran in Ohio: Robert A. Pinn’s Quest for Citizenship." Paper presented at the 94th Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Cincinnati, Ohio. September 30-October 4, 2009.

“Robert A. Pinn’s ‘Untrammeled Manhood.’” Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Great Lakes History Conference. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. October 17-18, 2008.

 

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