Margaret S. Creighton

Professor Emerita of History

Professor Emerita



Hedge Hall, Room G05


Hedge Hall, Room G05


B.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Boston University

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.

Most recently, in 2016, she published The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair, a non-fiction narrative about the Pan American Exposition in 1901 in Buffalo NY.  This world’s fair was supposed to showcase the supremacy of the United States and the triumph of white civilization. The show went spectacularly awry.


  • America in the Nineteenth Century
  • The Social History of the Civil War
  • Back East, Down South, Out West: Regions in American Culture
  • A Woman’s Place: Culture, Gender, and Geography
  • Historical Methods:  Immigration in Maine
  • Historical Methods: the 1960s
  • Historical Methods: the Ages of Empire
  • Community Studies