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 Andrew L. Slap is an Associate Professor of History at East Tennessee State University.  His research and teaching focuses on nineteenth-century American history, particularly a broadly conceived Civil War era.  He has published books on Reconstruction politics and Appalachia after the Civil War, and is currently working on a book project about African American communities in nineteenth-century Memphis and co-editing a collection of essays on the North during the Civil War era.  In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses -- including ones on the Civil War, comparative slavery, and Appalachia -- he regularly works with MA students.  Slap is also academic director of a Teaching American History grant, a position he has had since 2005 with a previous TAH grant.