Dr. Ott holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Tennessee. She taught at the University of Tennessee from 2002 until 2004 and now teaches at Birmingham-Southern College.  

Commentary

Toward an Inclusive History of the Civil War: Society and the Home Front

The Civil War has been one of the most studied events of United States history.  But with the advent of social history, scholars have asked many new questions concerning the history of race, class, and gender–to name three examples.  By exploring the role of women during the Civil War, historian Victoria E. Ott provides an example of social historians’ concerns and argues that the "conflict was more than just great battles and great men."