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Robert E. May

Robert E. May

Professor // History
Emeriti Faculty

Southern History, American Expansionism

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Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1969



U.S. South, causes of the Civil War, slavery expansion, and mid-19th century U.S. political, diplomatic, and military history

An internationally recognized expert on U.S. nineteenth-century "filibustering" (illegal private military expeditions against foreign countries), Professor May has written four books and many articles about the subject. His book, Manifest Destiny's Underworld (paper rpt.; University of North Carolina Press) was recognized as a "Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2003" and was published in a Spanish-language edition in 2011. Now retired and living in Olympia WA, Professor May played a significant role in university, college, and departmental honors programs while at Purdue. He remains an active scholar with his research and writing, public talks, op-eds, media appearances, and reviews of books and manuscripts for professional journals and presses. His most recent book is Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas, and Public Memory.

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Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics

The Union, The Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim