Sarah Anne Rubin on
"Through the Heart of Dixie:
Sherman's March and America"


A copy of the slides to her presentation for reference while listening to this recording is available by clicking HERE.

Summary of Presentation
Dr. Rubin discusses her forthcoming book and web project: Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and America.  Rather than retell the story of the march, this project explores the myriad ways in which Americans have remembered, retold, and re-imagined Sherman's march. It looks at the march from a kaleidoscope of perspectives (African-Americans, Union soldiers, Confederates, women, environmental) and a mosaic of sources (travel accounts, memoirs, music, literature, films and newspapers). Through the Heart of Dixie unpacks the many myths and legends that have grown up around the march, not in the service of proving them true or false, but rather to use them as a lens into the ways that Americans' thoughts about the Civil War have changed over time.  

Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  She received her AB from Princeton University and her MA and PhD at the University of Virginia.  Professor Rubin joined the UMBC History Department in the Fall of 2000.  Her teaching and research focus on the American Civil War, the U.S. South, nineteenth century America, and digital history.

Dr. Rubin is currently finishing a book entitled Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and America, which is scheduled to be published in early 2014.  Her first book, A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868, focuses on Confederate nationalism and identity.  It won the 2006 Avery O. Craven book prize for the best book in Civil War history.

Dr. Rubin has also worked extensively with electronic media and is co-author of a CD-ROM, The Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War.  That project won the first eLincoln Prize for the best digital project in American Civil War History as well as the James Harvey Robinson Prize, which is awarded biennially for the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes.

Dr. Rubin is currently President of the Society of Civil War Historians.  She is a member of the Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery Project Advisory Board and the Editorial Board of Civil War History.  She is also an OAH Distinguished Lecturer (2011-2014).

Dr. Rubin's website can be found at


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