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Dr. Jessica Cannon

Dr. Jessica Cannon

Assistant Professor of History
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Bachelor of Arts in History, Wake Forest University
M.A. and Ph.D. in American History, Rice University

Link to Dr. Cannon's curriculum vitae

Civil War and Reconstruction; Nineteenth-century America; U.S. South

Courses Taught
HIST 1350: U.S. History to 1877
HIST 1351: U.S. History since 1877
HIST 4314: Jacksonian America
HIST 4315: Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 4316: American Military Experience
HIST 4328: History of Flight
HIST 5350: Graduate Colloquium: The Civil War Era
SOSC 3010: Writings in the Social Sciences (Topics in Southern History; The American Landscape)
HONR 3000: History of Flight
HONR 3000: War and Society

Student Resources

Link to Dr. Cannon's Guide to Online Primary and Secondary Sources
(Once the .pdf opens, click on the bookmark tab on the left side of the window to navigate the file using the table of contents.)

Selected Publications
“Owls in Space: Rice University’s Connections to the Johnson Space Center,” Houston History magazine, v. 6 (Fall 2008), pp. 30–33.

“Thoreau and His American Hero: In Support of John Brown’s ‘Raid,’” in Michael Powell and Bruce Thompson, eds., Mid-Maryland: A Crossroads of History, vol. I (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2005).

Book Reviews:
Numerous book reviews have appeared in the Missouri Historical Review, Journal of Southern History, and Maryland Historical Magazine. See the full CV linked above for more detail.


Selected Presentations
“Antietam at 150: Memory and Meanings through Time,” keynote address at 30th Anniversary Honors Student Association Celebration, Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland, September 2012.

“Maryland’s Journey North: Changing Identities in a Border State,” Society for Civil War Historians (SCWH) Biennial Meeting, June, 2012.

“Those Industrious Dens of Iniquity: The Border State Identity Crisis,” Honors College Faculty Fellows Lecture Series, University of Central Missouri, March 2012.

“Dissent on the Maryland Homefront,” Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, March 2009. 

“‘Colonel! we’re in God’s country again!’: The Soldiers’ South becomes North,” Penn State University Richards Civil War Era Center Graduate Student Conference, February 2008.