Charles Grier Sellers

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Charles Grier Sellers (born September 9, 1923 in Charlotte, North Carolina)[1] is an American historian.


Born in North Carolina, Sellers earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 1945 (graduation delayed until 1947 by service in the US Army), and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950.

In 1950-1951 Sellers was an assistant professor in the history department of the University of Maryland, followed in 1951-1958 by Princeton University. In 1958 he moved to the University of California, Berkeley, getting promoted to full professor. In 1960-1961 he was honored by the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 1963 he won a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1964 he was a visiting professor at El Colegio de Mexico. In 1970-1971 he was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.

Sellers was a member of the Southern Historical Association.[2]

Sellers was arrested in the Jackson, Mississippi airport on 21 July 1961, as a part of the Freedom Rides (profiled in Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders).[3]



  • James K. Polk, Jacksonian, 1795-1843. Princeton University Press. 1957.
  • Charles Grier Sellers, ed. (1960). "The Travail of Slavery". The Southerner as American. E. P. Dutton.
  • Charles Grier Sellers, ed. (1961). Andrew Jackson, Nullification and the State-Rights Tradition. Chicago: Rand McNally.
  • The Market versus the Agrarian Republic in "A Synopsis of American History", 1st ed. Chicago: Rand McNally. 1963.
  • James K. Polk: Continentalist, 1843-1846. Princeton University Press. 1966. (Bancroft Prize)
  • Andrew Jackson: A Profile. Hill and Wang. 1971. ISBN 978-0-8090-6051-1.
  • Charles Grier Sellers; Henry Farnham May; Neil R. McMillen (1974). A Synopsis of American History. Chicago: I.R. Dee. Rand McNally. ISBN 978-0-929587-74-5. (7th Edition 1992)
  • As It Happened: A History of the United States. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1975. ISBN 978-0-07-056179-3.
  • The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846. Oxford University Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0-19-503889-7.


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  2. ^ "Historical News and Notices". The Journal of Southern History. 25 (1): 150–155. February 1959. JSTOR 2954507.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2010-01-15.

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