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Accession 98

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

500 pieces, .25 linear feet



Historical Note

Dr. Arnold Shankman (1945-1983) was a highly regarded historian whose scholarship included the American Civil War, the Old South, ethnic and immigrant history, southern Jewish history, civil rights, and women’s history.

Dr. Shankman received his B.A. from Knox College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. Shankman also studied for a year at Harvard with Oscar Handlin, the patriarch of American immigrant history. As a Professor of History at Winthrop University from 1975 to 1983, Dr. Shankman embarked upon his own impressive career, which included the publication of four books, more than 50 articles, and numerous speeches and public service activities. Beloved by students and colleagues, Dr. Shankman’s career was cut short by his untimely death from cancer at the age of 37.

For more biographical information concerning Dr. Arnold Shankman, please consult the attached biography above written by historian, Joyce E. Plyler.

Scope and Content Note

The Arnold Shankman Papers consist mainly of photocopies of manuscript collections which Dr. Shankman used for his research and writing. Included are pamphlets, biographical sketches, correspondence and newspaper accounts. Most of the collection relates to the American Civil War, particularly in Illinois, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, but there is material relating to Jewish history, African-Americans and United States foreign relations.


The papers of Dr. Arnold Michael Shankman,Winthrop history professor, were deposited with the Archives in April 1977.


American Civil War, Reconstruction, Jewish History, African-American History, Civil Rights, Solomon Blatt


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Arnold Michael Shankman Papers - Accession 98

LC Subject Headings

Shankman, Arnold M., 1945-1983--Archives; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877); African Americans--Southern States--History; Jews--Southern States--History; Blatt, Solomon, 1896-1986--Correspondence