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Congratulations to Political Science Alumnus Forrest A. Nabors: Recipient of the American Political Thought Book Award

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce that Political Science alumnus Forrest A. Nabors recently received the American Political Thought Book Award for Best Book 2017 from the American Political Science Association for his book From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction (University of Missouri Press, 2017). 


In this book, Forrest A. Nabors sets out to show that congressional Republicans regarded the work of Reconstruction in the same way they regarded the work of the Founders: as regime change, from monarchy in the one case and from oligarchy in the other, to republicanism.

Nabors examines the writings and speeches of Republicans in the Thirty-Eighth, Thirty-Ninth, and Fortieth Congress (1863–1869), recovering their political analysis of the antebellum South. While Reconstruction scholars have typically emphasized black citizenship as the central concern of congressional Republicans, Nabors demonstrates that they identified Southern oligarchy (tightly linked to slavery) as the problem of the age.

Forrest A. Nabors is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska following a career as a high-technology business executive.

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