Greetings! I’m Stephen Leccese, a historian and teacher who’s transitioning out of academia into new careers. I’ll be earning my PhD from Fordham University soon and then leaving academia behind. I started this blog to stay connected to the historical community after I leave, because I still love writing and learning about history.
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“The Professor Who Was Ostracized for Claiming the Civil War Was About Slavery – In 1911,” History News Network, Aug. 4, 2019
“Crédit Mobilier” and “Sinking of the USS Maine,” in Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History, ed. Jeffrey Webb (ABC-Clio, May 2019)
“Labor Reformer George Gunton: A Progressive-Era Divorce Scandal,” Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Blog (March 20, 2019)
“Economic Inequality and the New School of American Economics,” Special Issue – Growing Apart: Religious Reflection on the Rise of Economic Inequality, Religions 8.6 (2017): 99-110.
“John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil, and the Rise of Corporate Public Relations in Progressive America, 1902-1908,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 16.3 (July 2017): 245-63.
“Capitalism and Slavery in the United States (Topical Guide)” H-Slavery, July 28, 2015 (updated and revised with subscriber/expert feedback)
“Capitalism and Slavery in the United States: Where Do We Stand?” H-Slavery, July 15, 2015
“What the Debate About the Confederate Flag Reveals,” History News Network, July 12, 2015
Adjunct Lecturer, LaGuardia Community College, 2016-2019
Teaching Fellow, Fordham University, 2016-2018
“Business, Government, and the Shaping of ‘The Public’ in the Progressive Era,” Policy History Conference, Tempe, AZ, May 2018
“Pro-Trust Thought Among American Progressive Economists, 1880- 1900,” 2018 Business History Conference, Baltimore, MD, Apr. 2018
“Historical Arguments for a Wage Increase,” Growing Apart: The Implications of Economic Inequality Interdisciplinary Conference, Boston College, MA, Apr. 2016
“Mass Consumption in American Economic Thought, 1865-1900,” 19th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference, Virginia Tech, VA, Mar. 2016
“America’s Political Economists and the Intellectual Roots of Mass Consumption, 1865-1900,” Graduate Student Association Conference, Fordham University, NY, Mar. 2015
“Fire and Ice: How the Combined Tactics of Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold Won the Battle of Saratoga,” Phi Alpha Theta 2014 National Convention, Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 2014