John Dittmer (born 1939) is an American historian, and Professor Emeritus of DePauw University.[1]


John Dittmer is from Seymour, IN.[2] He graduated from Shields High School in Seymour in 1957, being inducted into SHS Wall of Fame in 2006.[3] He later graduated from Indiana University with bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

He taught American history at Tougaloo College from 1967 to 1979, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University, and at DePauw University from 1985 until 2003.[4]

Reviews of Other Books

He reviewed The Confederate and New-Confederate Reader: The "Great Truth" about the "Lost Cause" (edited by James W. Loewen and Edward Sebesta). He called the book an "important" and "persuasive" book, and he argued that it should be "required reading for classroom teachers." He agreed with what the book had to say about "slavery, secession, the Civil War, and Reconstruction."[5]




  1. ^ "The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program | OAH". Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2009-12-27.
  2. ^ "Prof. John Dittmer's New Book & Brian Mulroney's 1993 DePauw Visit Cited in Column on Health Care Reform".
  3. ^ "SHS Wall of Fame".
  4. ^ "Award-Winning Author and Historian, Prof. Emeritus John Dittmer, to Address 2009 Graduates - DePauw University". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Loewen, James (2010). The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. pp. Back Cover. ISBN 9781604732191.