Stephen B. Oates (born 1936) is a former professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an expert in 19th-century United States history.
Oates wrote 16 books during his career, all following the same theme, biographies of 19th-century American historical figures. He was accused of plagiarism in his biography of Abraham Lincoln, but was cleared by the University of Massachusetts and the American Historical Association. Oates received the 1993 Nevins-Freeman Award of the Chicago Civil War Round Table for his historical work on the American Civil War.
Books by Stephen B. Oates
- Woman Of Valor: Clara Barton And The Civil War
- Fires Of Jubilee: Nat Turners Fierce Rebellion
- With Malice Toward None: A Life Of Abraham Lincoln
- Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind The Myths
- Let The Trumpet Sound: The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Approaching Fury: Voices Of The Storm, 1820-1861
- Whirlwind Of War: Voices Of The Storm, 1861-1865. HarperCollins. 1999. ISBN 978-0-06-093092-9.
- Confederate Cavalry West Of The River
- Our Fiery Trail: Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, And The Civil War Era
- Biography As History
- America Through the Eyes of an Artisan
- Portrait of America : From Before Columbus to the End of Reconstruction
- To Purge This Land With Blood: Biography of John Brown
- William Faulkner: The Man and the Artist
- "The Ravages of War"