Phillip W. Magness

Historian – 19th century United States

Current Scholarship by Phillip W. Magness


I am a¬†historian based at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. My¬†research explores the intersection of history and political economy, with an emphasis upon economic events in the “long” 19th century United States and the broader Atlantic world. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Slavery, and particularly the black colonization movement
  • History of tariffs, trade, and taxation
  • The economic history of inequality and tax-based redistribution
  • The history and political economy of higher education

A glimpse into my ongoing research interests, as well as general commentary on academia, may be found on my blog. A presentation that I gave on the black abolitionist John Willis Menard for C-Span’s American History TV appears below:


U.S. Capitol Historical Society Black History Month Lecture, February 15, 2012

Abolitionist John Willis Menard was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1868, and although he was never seated, he was the first African American to address the House chamber.

Watch the full program here on C-Span’s American History TV


Website Highlights:

Index of New Civil War Document Discoveries

New Scholarship Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War


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