||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
B.A. with Distinction in History, University of
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.