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 Silverman, Jason   Name:  Jason Silverman 
Title:  Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History 
Ph.D., U.S. Southern History and Civil War, University of Kentucky
M.A., American History, Colorado State University
B.A. with Distinction in History, University of Virginia
Office:  358 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4677 
American Old South, Civil War and Reconstruction, Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Constitutional


A specialist in the history of the Old South and Civil War, Dr. Silverman received his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his graduate degrees at Colorado State University and the University of Kentucky. Before coming to Winthrop 29 years ago, Silverman was a member of the faculty of Yale University, where he taught for four years. Author or editor of 11 books, Silverman has won numerous awards for his teaching and three of his books have been nominated for national book awards. Among his teaching awards, he has received Winthrop University's Outstanding Junior Professor Award, been named the University's Distinguished Professor, received the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award three times, and, in 1990, became the first person in Winthrop's history to be named South Carolina Professor of the Year. Recently, Silverman was named the inaugural Ellison Capers Palmer, Jr. Professor of History at Winthrop. His new book on Abraham Lincoln and the immigrant will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in their Concise Lincoln Library Series. For eight years, from 2002-2010, he served two elected terms on the Rock Hill School Board.