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 NoMug, Male   Name:  Donald A. Rakestraw  
Title:  University College Professor of American Studies  
Education:
Ph.D., U.S. Diplomatic History, University of Alabama
M.A., U.S. Social and Cultural History, Jacksonville State University
B.A., History and Political Science, Jacksonville State University
Office:  210 Dinkins Hall  
Phone:  803/323-3923  
E-mail:  rakestrawd@winthrop.edu  
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Area(s):
U.S. Diplomatic History, Nineteenth Century America, American Studies

Dr. Rakestraw received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and served as professor of history and director of American Studies at Georgia Southern University before coming to Winthrop in 2013.  He has published dozens of scholarly works, including a Choice Academic Book of the Year selection, Prologue to Manifest Destiny: Anglo-American Relations in the 1840s (with Howard Jones) and “The Diplomacy of the Civil War” in American Foreign Relations: A Guide to the Literature since 1600. His most recent (2015) effort is an article on the “Alabama Affair” in Essential Civil War Curriculum for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.  He is currently writing Defender of the Peace: the Diplomacy of Daniel Webster for Rowman & Littlefield.  Professor Rakestraw has taught research seminars on the history of Anglo-American relations on both sides of the Atlantic, including a summer seminar at Wadham College, Oxford University that ran for over ten years. At Winthrop, he teaches for University College and the Department of History. 

 

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