Charles G. Sellers

Professor Emeritus


B.A. Harvard University, Class of 1945 (Graduation Delayed by Military Service until 1947).

Ph.D., 1950. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


1950-1951. Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland.

1951-1958. Assistant Professor, Department of History, Princeton University.

1964. Visiting Professor, El Colegio de Mexico.

1970. Harmsworth Visiting Professor, Oxford University.

1958-1990. Associate Professor and Professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley.


1960-61. Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford.

1963. Guggenheim Fellow.

1967. Bancroft Prize for James K. Polk: Continentalist, 1843-1846. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966).


James K. Polk, Jacksonian, 1795-1843 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957), Vol. I.

James K. Polk, Continentalist, 1843-1846 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1966), Vol. II.

"The Travail of Slavery," in Charles G. Sellers, ed., The Southerner as American (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1960), 40-71.

"Andrew Jackson, Nullification, and the State-Rights Tradition," in Charles Sellers, ed., The Berkeley Series in American History (Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1961).

"The Market versus the Agrarian Republic," in Charles Sellers and Henry May, A Synopsis of American History, 1st ed. (Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1963), 109-122.

"Boom for President," in Charles Sellers, ed., Andrew Jackson: A Profile (New York: Hill and Wang, 1971), 57-80.

As It Happened: A History of the United States, Charles Sellers, ed. (New York: McGraw Hill Book Company, 1975).

The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).


"Private Profits and British Colonial Policy: The Speculationsof Henry McCulloch," William and Mary Quarterly, VIII, no. 4 (October, 1951), 535-551.

"Jim Polk Goes to Chapel Hill," North Carolina Historical Review, XXIX, no. 2 (April, 1952), 189-203.

"Walter Hines Page and the Spirit of the New South," North Carolina Historical Review, XXIX (January, 1953), no. 4, 481-99.

"Jacksonian Democracy," Richard W. Leopold and Arthur S. Link, eds., Problems in American Democracy (New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1952).

"Colonel Ezekiel Polk: Pioneer and Patriarch," William and Mary Quarterly, X, no. 1 (January, 1953), 80-98).

"James K. Polk's Political Apprenticeship," East Tennessee Historical Society, Publications, No. 25 (1953), 38-53.

"Banking and Politics in Jackson's Tennessee, 1817-1827," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, XLI, no. 1 (June, 1954), 61-84.

"Who Were the Southern Whigs?" American Historical Review, LIX (1954), 335-346.

"Jackson Men with Feet of Clay," American Historical Review, LXII, no. 1 (1958) 537-551.

"John Blair Smith," The Presbyterian Historical Society, XXXIV, no. 4 (Dec. 1956) 201-225.

"Andrew Jackson versus the Historians," Mississippi Valley Historical Review, I, no. 4 (Mar. 1958), 615-634.

"Jacksonian Democracy," Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, Service Center for Teachers of History, 1958.

"The Travail of Slavery," Charles Sellers, ed., The Southerner as American (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1960), 40-78.

"The Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association," The Mississippi Valley Historical Review, XLIX, no. 2 (Sept. 1962), 291-312.

"Conservatism and Liberalism in American History," Southern California Social Science Review, I, no. 1 (June, 1962), 10, 19.

"Trail Blazers of American History," Sacramento: California State Department of Education: The Negro in American History Textbooks: (June, 1964), 1-6.

"Why the Southern States Seceded," Comment, in George Harmon Knoles, ed., The Crisis of the Union, 1860-1861 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965), 80-89.

"The Equilibrium Cycle in Two-Party Politics," Public Opinion Quarterly, XXIX, no. 1 (Spring 1965), 17-58.

"The Role of the College Historian," Council for Basic Education: The Role of History in Today's Schools: (October, 1966), 13-19.

"The American Revolution: Southern Founders of a National Tradition," Arthur S. Link and Rembert W. Patrick, eds, Writing Southern History: Essays in Historiography in Honor of Fletcher M. Green (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1967), 38-66.

"Old Mecklenburg and the Meaning of the American Experience," North Carolina Historical Review, XLVI, no. 2 (April, 1969), 142-156.

"Is History on the Way Out of the Schools and Do Historicans Care," Social Education, 33, no. 5 (May 1969), 509-517.

"Verschwindet Geschichte aus unseren Schulen und Kummern sich unsere Historiker darum?" Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1978, 51-69.

"Response," Journal of the Early Republic: A Symposium on Charles Sellers, The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815-1846, XII, no. 4, (Winter, 1992), 473-76.

"Capitalism and Democracy in American Historical Mythology," The Market Revolution in America, ed., Melvyn Stokes and Stephen Conway (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996), Ch 12, 311-329.

Professor Emeritus Charles G. Sellers