Michael Fellman

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Study: AMERICAS.


Michael Fellman In Memoriam; an essay by Christopher Phelps.

1993, Visiting Professor, Stanford University 1983-2008, Professor, Simon Fraser University; 1980-81 Fulbright Professor, University of Haifa; 1974-83 Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University; 1969-74 Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University;

Publications (Books)

Views from the Dark Side of American History (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War), (Louisiana State University Press, Louisiana, 2011)





In the Name of God and Country: Reconsidering Terrorism in American History, (Yale University Press, 2009)






  • This Terrible War: The Civil War and Its Aftermath, with Daniel E. Sutherland and Lesley Gordon (New York: Longman, 2002 ), xv,405; 2nd ed. 2007.
  • The Making of Robert E. Lee (New York: Random House, 2000), A History Book Club Main Selection, Spring, 2001. Paperback edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003, xx, 360 pp.
  • Citizen Sherman: A Life of William T. Sherman (New York: Random House, 1995), A selection of the Book of the Month Club and the History Book Club. A 1995 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Paperback edition, University Press of Kansas, 1997, xiv, 486 pp.
  • Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989). A selection of the History Book Club. Oxford paperback edition, March 1990. xxii, 331 pp
  • Making Sense of Self: Medical Advice Literature in Late Nineteenth-Century America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981), viii, 198 pp. (co-author).
  • The Unbounded Frame: Freedom and Community in Nineteenth-Century American Utopianism (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1973), xx, 203 pp.

Publications (Articles)

  • "The Transferability of Otherness: American Expansionists Greet the Filipinos, 1898-1902," in Steven Mintz and John Stauffer, eds., The Problem of Evil: Slavery, Race and the Ambiguities of American Reform (a festschrift in honor of David Brion Davis), (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007), 337-52.
  • "Robert E. Lee, Myth and Man," in Bertram Wyatt-Brown and Peter Wallenstein, eds.,Virginians and the Civil War (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005), 19-27.
  • "'Sleeping with the Elephant': Reflections of an American-Canadian on Americanization and Anti-Americanism in Canada," in John M. Findlay and Ken Coates, eds., Parallel Destinies: Canadians-American Relations West of the Rockies(Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002), 274-93.
  • "Inside Wars: The Cultural Crisis of Warfare and the Values of Ordinary People," in Daniel Sutherland, ed., Guerrillas, Unionists, and Violence on the Confederate Home Front (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1999), 187-99.
  • "At the Nihilist Edge: Reflections on Guerrilla Warfare during the American Civil War," in Stig Forster and Jorg Nagler, eds., On the Road to Total War: The American Civil War and the German Wars of Unification, 1861-1871 (Cambridge University Press--German Historical Institute, 1997), 519-40.
  • "Lincoln and Sherman," in Gabor Borrit, ed. Lincoln and His Lieutenants (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), 121-59.
  • "Women and Guerrilla Warfare," in Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber, eds., Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 147-65.
  • "Rehearsal for the Civil War: Antislavery and Proslavery at the Fighting Point in Kansas, 1854-56," in Michael Fellman and Lewis Perry eds., Antislavery Reconsidered: New Perspectives on the Abolitionists (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979), 287-307.
  • "Searching for Robert E. Lee," Southern Cultures (Fall, 2002), 6-17.
  • "Robert E. Lee: Southern Nationalist," Civil War History, XLVI (September 2000), 185-204.
  • "'Krieg ist Grausamkeit:' William T. Sherman," Damals: Das Aktuelle Magazin Fur geschichte und Kultur (August, 2000), 10-15.
  • "Sam I Am: Reflections of an American-Canadian on Americanization and Anti-Americanism in Canada," Saturday Night, CII (September, 1996), 43-46.
  • "Inside Wars: The Cultural Crisis of Warfare and the Values of Ordinary People," Australasian Journal of American Studies, X (December 1991), 1-10.
  • "Bloody Sunday and News from Nowhere," Journal of the William Morris Society, viii (Spring, 1990), 9-18.
  • "Emancipation in Missouri," Missouri Historical Review, lxxxiii (October, 1988), pp. 36-56.
  • "Alligator Men and Card Sharpers: Deadly Southwestern Humor," Huntington Library Quarterly, il (Fall 1986), 302-23.
  • "Anachronism. Context and Progress in Nineteenth Century American Communitarianism," Canadian Review of American Studies, xv (1984), 35-48.
  • "Making Sense of Sex in Late Nineteenth-Century America," Journal of Sex Research, xvii (1981), 238-255 (co-author).
  • "Approaching Popular Ideology in Nineteenth Century America," Historical Reflections, vi (1979), 321-333.
  • "Julia Lovejoy Goes West," Western Humanities Review, xxxi (1977), 227-242.
  • "The Primacy of the Will in Late Nineteenth-Century American Ideology of the Self," Historical Reflections, iv (1977), 27-44 (co-author).
  • "Theodore Parker and the Abolitionist Role in the 1850's," Journal of American History, lxi (1974), 666-684.
  • "Sexual Longing in Richard Henry Dana's American Victorian Diary," Canadian Review of American Studies, iii (1972), 94-105.
  • "The Earthbound Eagle: Andrew Jackson and the American Pantheon," American Studies, xii (1971), 67-76.

Notable Major Awards

  • Faculty Convocation Speaker, Simon Fraser University, June, 2006.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, The Huntington Library, 1998-99.
  • Martha Sutton Weeks Senior Research Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 1992-93
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowships, 1988-89; 1990-93, 1996-2000.
  • The Huntington Library Fellowships, Spring 1985, December 1991
  • Shelby Cullom Davis Centre for Historical Studies Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University 1983-84
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Year Fellowship, Northwestern University 1968-69
  • Northwestern University Graduate Research Fellowship,1967-68
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Northwestern University, 1965-66
  • Finalist, Lincoln Prize; Honourable Mention, W.K. Ferguson Prize, New York Times Notable Books of 1995--for Citizen Sherman.