Creighton, Margaret S.
Margaret Creighton teaches a variety of subjects in American social and cultural history. Focusing on the nineteenth century to the present, she offers a survey of the Civil War era, and several courses on regional history and identity, including courses on the American West and Regions and American Culture. She also teaches a course on women and cultural geography (“A Woman’s Place”) and a community studies course for American Cultural Studies, which features community engagement in Lewiston, Maine. Her courses consider the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary Americans, and the ways that shifting ideas about race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and class differences inform historical and contemporary experience.
The books she has written consider the perspective of people “from the bottom up.” Rites and Passages and Dogwatch and Liberty Days looks at nineteenth century seafaring from the vantage point of mariners before the mast. “Iron Men, Wooden Women,” a co-edited collection of essays, considers the way women and gender shaped Atlantic seafaring. Most recently, Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History, is a story of the legendary Battle of Gettysburg from the view of white women, African American civilians, and immigrant soldiers. This book was a runner-up for the Lincoln Prize in 2006.
While on sabbatical during the academic year 2011-2012, her research project centered on the Pan American Exposition of 1901. This world’s fair was supposed to showcase American supremacy over the human and natural world. It went spectacularly, tragically awry.