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Victoria E. Ott

Victoria E. Ott

James A. Wood Professor of History (Associate)

Victoria E. OttOffice:

Humanities Center 119

Contact Information:

Box 549031
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-7826
Office Fax: n/a

Brief Career Background:

Dr. Victoria Ott is the James A. Woods Professor of History at BSC and the coordinator for the Gender and Women's Studies Minor. She received her B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Central Florida and her Ph.D. with an emphasis on American History from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Ott bteaches a variety of courses such as the American Revolution, Civil War/Reconstruction Era, Old South, U.S. Women's History, and America to 1877. She is the author of Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War which was published by the Southern Illinois Press in 2008. She recently published an essay entitled "Voices from the Margins: Non-Elites in Confederate Alabama," in The Yellowhammer War: the Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama in 2013. She is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Omicron Delta Kappa, in 2010 and the McWilliams Faculty Scholarship Award in 2009. When away from research or teaching, she loves to spend time with her husband and two dogs-Gertrude Goodwin and Roxie Balboa .

Educational Background:

B.A. History, University of Central Florida, 1994 M.A. American History, University of Central Florida, 1998 Ph.D. American History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2003

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • 19th Century American History
  • U.S. Women
  • American South
  • Civil War/Reconstruction
  • Childhood and Youth

Research Interests:

Dr. Ott's book, Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War, was published in 2008.  She is currently working on a manuscript examining the ways in which poor white families were shaped and helped to shape Alabama's social, economic, and political culture before and during the Civil War.

Courses Taught:

HI 151 American People to 1877
The evolution of the American people to 1865, as reflected in their political and economic development, social practices, and philosophy with particular reference to the interaction between ideas and social structure.

HI 151 1-Y Reforming America

HI 205 History of the Old South
The development and flourishing of the antebellum plantation society, the institution of slavery, and the rise and fall of Southern nationalism.

HI206 History of the New South
The evolution of the American South from the end of the Civil War to the present with emphasis on the political and economic adjustments of Reconstruction, Bourbon Democracy, industrial development and the agrarian revolt, and social change.

HI 210 U.S. Women's History
HI 301 American Revolution and Federalist eras
A study of the American Revolution, the creation of the new federal government, and the crucial early years of the young nation. Emphasis on three problems: the causes and nature of the Revolution, the struggle over the Constitution, and the emergence of political parties. Prerequisite: HI 300 or consent.

HI 303 Civil War and Reconstruction eras
The development of the American Republic in the nineteenth century with emphasis on westward expansion, the rise of sectionalism, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction years. Prerequisite: HI 300 or consent.

HI 309 Women of the American South
A study of women from the American South from pre-colonial contact to the present. Emphasis is placed on the contributions of women to the economic, political, social, and cultural development of the region. Among the topics covered are Native American women, slavery, Confederate states, mountain communities, Civil Rights, and country music (a Leadership Studies designated course). Prerequisite: HI 300 or consent.