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Jim Downs

professor of Civil-War-era studies and history
Gettysburg College

Jim Downs is a professor of Civil War-era studies and history at Gettysburg College.

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review

    Queer History Should Focus on Queer People

    Sexless, impersonal academic approaches tell us little about the lived experiences of the LGBT community.
  • The Review

    The Education of Jonathan Ned Katz

    In orienting himself, Jonathan Ned Katz helped orient gay America.
  • The Review

    Emancipated Into Illness

    In the aftermath of the Civil War, freed slaves argued for the creation of a federal medical infrastructure.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Are We All Precious?

    The film “Precious” certainly makes an impression, writes Jim Downs, but to what end?