Jeans Lecture Features Author James Marten

March 5, 2012
CONTACT: Dr. Steve Wagner
marten JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – The 18th Annual Jeans Lecture in History at Missouri Southern State University will feature James Marten of Marquette University with “The Children’s Civil War.” 

The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall on the MSSU campus.

James Marten is Chair and Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written, edited, or co-edited 15 books including The Children's Civil War, which was selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book of the year and helped establish Marten as an important interpreter of the social history of the Civil War period. 

His most recent works include Sing Not War: Civil War Veterans in Gilded Age America, published in 2011, and an edited work, Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, in 2012. He received his PhD from the University of Texas in 1986.

The Jeans Lecture in History is named in honor of Dr. Virgil and Virginia Jeans, longtime residents of Joplin. Both followed the progress of Missouri Southern with keen interest. They were lifelong learners and placed high value on education, and they produced two educators. 

At their deaths, contributions in their memory were made to the Missouri Southern Foundation and it is that support that funds the lecture series.

Funding is also provided by a U.S. Department of Education “Teaching American History” grant.