Gerald J. Prokopowicz


Gerald J. Prokopowicz specializes in Public History and the Civil War era. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, and practiced law for several years in Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and served for nine years as the Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he co-wrote the award winning permanent exhibit “Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment,” and edited the quarterly bulletin Lincoln Lore.

As a professor of public history, Dr. Prokopowicz is dedicated to training students to practice history outside of academia, and to removing the artificial barriers that divide academic historians from public historians and from the public itself. He is a member of the Advisory Board to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Lincoln Forum. He has written numerous reviews and articles for popular and scholarly periodicals. His current research interests include public perceptions of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War military tactics.

Selected Publications

Did Lincoln Own Slaves? and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.

All For The Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-62. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

“Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire: The Men Who Fought the War,” in Sheehan-Dean, ed., Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2006.

“Word of Honor: Abraham Lincoln and the Parole System in the Civil War,” in Hubbard, ed. Lincoln Reshapes the Presidency. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2003.

“Military Fantasies,” in Boritt, ed., The Lincoln Enigma. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Courses Offered

HIST 1050: American History to 1877
HIST 1051: American History since 1877
HIST 3225: Sectionalism and Civil War: US History 1840-1877
HIST 3900: Introduction to Public History
HIST 3993: Approaches to Historical Objects