American Historian

I am the Robert W. Reeder I Professor of nineteenth-century American history at Youngstown State University. My research focuses on Civil War memory. In other words, I study how the Civil War generation interpreted their history, imbued it with meaning, and worked to impart that meaning to future generations. My research interests also include women's history, Midwestern history, and public history.

At YSU, I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. history including Nineteenth Century America, The American Civil War in History and Memory, Women's History, and History of Ohio.



Civil War Commemoration in Missouri
now available in print and e-book versions 
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"Amy Laurel Fluker's Commonwealth of Compromise provides a fascinating new look at how Missourians of the Civil War generation...attempted to reconcile their tumultuous wartime pasts through public acts of conciliation.... Fluker thoughtfully explores how the disparate strains of Civil War memory--Confederate, Union, and African American--sometimes competed and other times collaborated as Missourians attempted to frame the meaning of the war for future generations."
--Diane Mutti Burke
"Dr. Fluker's important new work makes welcome contributions to Missouri history, the history of the American West, and the developing scholarship of Civil War memory."
--Jeremy Neely
"Commonwealth of Compromise is a must read for anyone interested in the Civil War's legacies."
--Kristen Epps
"Fluker complicates our understanding of Civil War memory by examining a place, Missouri, that did not conform to simple...memories of the war."
                                                                                                                           --Nicole Etcheson
learn more about Commonwealth of Compromise at H-Net Author Interviews 

"We Have Drank from the Same Canteen": Veteran Company A, the Civil War, and Reconciliation in Kansas City, The University of Missouri Press Blog (October 2020)

"The Recuperative Powers of Missouri": Reconciliation in a Border State, Missouri Historical Review (April 2020)


Review Essay: Union, Loyalty, and Patriotic Sacrifice in the Civil War North, The New England Quarterly (March 2020)


"The Grandest Charity in the Country": The Missouri Home for Confederate Veterans, The Civil War Monitor (April 2013)


Numerous reviews on books in nineteenth-century history appearing in Civil War History, The Journal of American History, The Journal of Southern History, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Western Historical Quarterly, English Historical Review, Missouri Historical Review, Ohio History, Journal of Mississippi History, History: Reviews of New Books, and H-Net Reviews.