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Jeanie Attie

Chair, Department of HistoryAssociate Professor of History

B.A., University of PittsburghM.A., Columbia UniversityPh.D., Columbia University


Jeanie Attie received a doctorate in American history from Columbia University. Cornell University Press published her first book, “Patriotic Toil: Northern Women and the American Civil War” in 1998. Before coming to C.W. Post, she taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Rutgers University and Barnard College. Her current research project – “Making the Market Natural: Popular Understandings of Economic Depressions in Nineteenth-Century America” – explores the ways in which the volatility of the capitalist market was interpreted by 19th-century Americans. For many years, Dr. Attie has been engaged in the field of public history, directing and consulting on historical exhibits, and is currently on the advisory board of the African American Museum of Nassau County. She teaches courses in 19th-century U.S. history (antebellum and Civil War eras) as well as thematic courses on historical memory, cities, migrations and ethnicity.


American Civil War & Reconstruction, Industrialization & the Market 1790-1920, African American History, Urban and Suburban History


  • Author, “Patriotic Toil: Northern Women and the American Civil War”
  • Author, “Northern White Women and the Mobilization for War,” published in “Major Problems in American Women’s History”
  • Author, “The United States Sanitary Commission,” published in “Americans at War: Culture, Society, and the Homefront”
  • Author, “For the Boys in Blue: Organizing the US Sanitary Commission,” published in “The Civil War Era: An Anthology of Sources”
  • Author, "Warwork and the Crisis of Domesticity in the Civil War North," published in “Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War”
  • Author, "Illusions of History: A Review of The Civil War, film by Ken Burns," published in Radical History Review (1992)
  • Co-Author, “Great Moments in the Great Hall” (1987)
  • Co-Author, “History of New York State Carpenters: 1881-1981” (1982)
  • Co-Author, "John Lennon," published in Radical History Review (1980)


Director, “The Great Hall – An Exhibition: A History of Protest, Reform and Education," Cooper Union, New York


  • Nominee, Nevins Dissertation Prize
  • Nominee, Bancroft Dissertation Award
  • Presidential Fellow, Columbia University


  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Organization of American Historians
  • Member, Advisory Board, African American Museum of Nassau County