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Eric H Walther

Eric Walther

Phone: (713) 743-3101
Office: 531 Agnes Arnold Hall

Dr. Walther teaches U.S. history. His specialty has grown from the Antebellum South and the coming of the Civil War to a broader chronology of Southern history and more varied topics. Walther received B.A. in History and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and his history M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He has taught at the University of Houston since 1991. Before coming to the University of Houston he held a post-doctoral fellowship with the Papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice University and taught at Texas A&M University.


Professor Walther teaches undergraduate courses that often include the survey of United States History to 1877, The Old South, Sex and Violence in the Old South, and research in Texas History. He frequently offers graduate colloquia and seminars on various aspects of the 19th century United States as well as a colloquium on Comparative Slavery and Forced Labor. He has recently conducted a graduate reading seminar on US LGBT History and will soon offer a 4000 level Capstone course on LGBT Houston.

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Research Interests

Dr. Walther is the author of three books, numerous articles and book reviews. Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s, won a Choice Magazine book award in 2004. His biography of the foremost leader of secession, William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2006, has received the James Rawley Award from the Southern Historical Association and the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy. He is currently working on a book and some articles concerning LGBT politics in Houston during the 1970s and 1980s and has begun research for "Harvey Milk: The Public Face of Gay Rights Politics" for Routledge Press.

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Selected Publications

  • “Changing Borders and Challenging Boundaries: The Lives of Enslaved Women in Texas,” in Texas Women: Their Lives and Times, University of Georgia Press, forthcoming, 2015.

  • "A Monument of Paper for William Lowndes Yancey: Crafting and Obscuring Historical Memory," in The Enigmatic South: Toward Civil War and Its Legacies, ed. Samuel C. Hyde, Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming, November, 2014

  • “The Fire-Eaters and Seward Lincoln,” vol. 32, no. 1 (Winter) The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 2011.

  • William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).

  • Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s (Scholarly Resources, 2003).

  • "Southerners' Honors," in Southern Studies, n.s. vol.12 (Fall/Winter 2005), 129-153.

  • "Slavery, Race, and Culture as Causes of the Civil War," in Steven Woodworth, ed., The American Civil War: A Handbook of Research and Literature (Greenwood Press, 1996).

  • "The Fire-Eaters and the Riddle of Confederate Nationalism," in Southern Studies, n.s., vol.3 (Spring, 1992 [published in 1994]), 66-77.

  • The Fire-Eaters (Louisiana State University Press, 1992).