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Michael Vorenberg

Renowned 13th Amendment Historian


Dr. Michael Vorenberg

Michael Vorenberg received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University, which also awarded him the Bowdoin Prize for the best graduate essay, the Harold K. Gross Prize for the best dissertation in history, and the Delancey Jay Prize for the best work on human liberties.

After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Vorenberg was a postdoctoral fellow at the William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois Institute at Harvard, and then an Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Vorenberg began teaching at Brown University in 1999, and he became the Vartan Gregorian assistant professor in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2004.

Dr. Vorenberg’s first book, “Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment,” was published in 2001, and was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, a prestigious annual award honoring the finest literature on the Civil War era, and referenced by Producer Steven Spielberg in the creation of his epic 2012 historical drama, “Lincoln.”

In 2010, Dr. Vorenberg published a second book: “The Emancipation Proclamation: A Brief History with Documents,” and he’s currently working on a book about the ending of the Civil War, along with one on the impact of the Civil War on American citizenship.

In addition to his book, Dr. Vorenberg has published numerous essays and articles covering a range of topics—from Lincoln's plans for the colonization of African Americans to the meaning of rights and privileges under the 14th Amendment.

He resides in Barrington, R.I. with his wife and daughter. 


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