Dr. Lynn Nelson

Lynn NelsonProfessor

E-mail: Lynn.Nelson@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 904-8174
Office Location: Peck Hall Room 285
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Web: www.mtsu.edu/~lnelson

American Revolution, Environmental History, Frontier History

History 2010 Survey of United States History
History 2010 (H) Survey of United States History I (Honors)
History 2030 Tennessee History
History 4020/5020 The American Revolution
History 4720/5720 Boone & Crockett's America
History 3040 Topics in American Cultural History: The Cult of Nature
History 3050 Topics in Southern Studies: Southern Environmental History
History 3070 Topics in World History: Global Environmental History
History 4640/5640 American Environmental History
History 6010 Historiography
History 6020 Historical Research Methods
History 6120/7120 Seminar on the Era of the American Revolution (graduate)

American frontier, Southern environmental history, public memory.


"When Land Was Cheap, and Labor Dear: James Madison's 'Address to the Albermarle Agricultural Society' and the Problem of Southern Agricultural Reform," History Compass, (2008).

"Historiographical Conversations about the Backcountry: Politics," Journal of Backcountry Studies, 2 (Autumn, 2007).

Pharsalia: An Environmental Biography of a Southern Plantation, 1780-1880, (University of Georgia Press, 2007).

"'Actions ... Conducive to the Prosperity and Character of the Nation': John Haywood's Telling of Tennessee's Early History," Border States 15 (2005): 36-47.

"The Pilot and The Storm: William Massie and the Agrarian Economy of the Tye River Valley of Virginia, 1830-1860," in Hofstra and Koons, eds., After the Backcountry: The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the Nineteenth Century (University of Tennessee Press, 2000).

"'Then the poor Planter hath Greatly the Disadvantage': Tobacco Inspection Soil Exhaustion, and the Formation of a Planter Elite in York County, Virginia, 1700-1760," Locus: Regional and Local History of the Americas, 2:1 (Spring 1994): 19-34.


"Pioneers and Posterity: Imagining the History of Early Tennessee."

"Conserving the Caney Fork: Nature and Democracy in the Twentieth-Century South."

M.A. University of Kansas, 1991
Ph.D. College of William and Mary, 1998