Neil Wynn

Neil WynnNeil is Professor Emeritus of 20th Century American History, and the author of several books, including, The African American Experience during World War II (2010)Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt Truman Era (2008),  Historical Dictionary From Great War to Great Depression (2003),  From Progressivism to Prosperity: World War I and American Society (1986), The Afro American and the Second World War (1976, 2nd edition 1993),and was co-editor of America’s Century: Perspectives on U.S. History since 1900 (1993). He has contributed chapters to various books, written journal articles and reviews on African American and American history, and on aspects of American culture ranging from sport to crime fiction and music. His interest in music, especially the blues, led him to assist in the acquisition of  the Paul Oliver Collection for African American Music and Related Traditions housed in the University Archives. Neil is also editor of  Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (2007) and co-editor of  Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identity (2012).  Neil is an addict of crime fiction, film, and television, ranging from the work of George Pelecanos, Donna Leon, through to The Wire,The Killing  and Montalbano. A long-time exile from Scotland, Neil sadly had to transfer his soccer allegiance from Hearts to Manchester United, but is prepared to support any British team in the World Cup!


10 thoughts on “Neil Wynn

  1. Hi Neil.
    Have you ever been in our Province, Pesaro and Urbino (land of Gioachino Rossini and Raphael)?

    WWII Gothic Line crossed our hinterland.

    Congratulations on your blog, to you and to the whole staff!

    1. Hello Simona – sorry, I just came across your comment. Thank you for writing. I haven’t been to the areas you mention – so far I have mainly visited Rome, Sicily, Puglia (my wife’s home region) Abruzzo, Venice, and Florence …
      I am glad you like our blog!

  2. Hello Professor Wynn, My name is Jim Hollis and I’m writting a book in part about my grandfather, an officer in the 92nd bBuffalo solider unit in Italy. I’ve recently received a box of over 500 letters my grandfather wrote from the front line.
    I would be honored to talk/skype/email you about this and pick your amazing brain on the subject.

    1. Hi Jim – sorry I did not respond earlier (easier to contact me via Email would be a good contact but my colleague Dr O’connell is working on this subject and am sure he would be delighted to discuss with you! thanks for getting in touch – I am afraid my brain is not so amazing these days!

  3. Hello Professor Wynn, a fabulous Lecturer who intrigued me so much in those Slavery, the South and the Civil war and American studies lectures at Glamorgan University not only enthused me to complete my degree, but become an ambitious Primary School Teacher, imparting my Historical knowledge and thriving on my teachings of Upper Primary History, whilst securing my MEd….you never forget a good Teacher, and I sincerely thank you for that Neil… almost twenty-five years still reading your books
    Great informative website !

    1. Lisa – what a lovely comment! thank you so much – always good to get nice feedback. And I am delighted to hear you are passing on knowledge to others. Do drop me a line at to tell me where you are teaching etc! Thanks again.

  4. Professor Wynn, my writing name is “Ole blogger Ed”, I have read your book “From Progressivism to Prosperity” and learned much from it. I have a Website “” and a Post entitled “The Society and Economy of the” about the condition of both now in the U.S.. From my Post you should get much of what I got from your book, how Theodore Roosevelt used the Progressive Era to stop the “Gilded Age” depressions from 1861 to 1901 bringing prosperity back to America we had before in what I term “The Foundational Age” before 1861. Historians have it before 1861, America suffered economic down turns referred to as “Panics”, being short lived and recovering well, I consider showed an overall prosperity in “The Foundational Age” compared to “The “Gilded Age” with near continual 40 Years of Depression which I consider showed the overall poverty then like the U.S. is in now. The Post is of length to embrace even the means of how the last three presidents have provided wealth to the Top 1% income group making billionaires of them and stagnation to 99% of all others.

  5. Hello Professor Wynn, it’s unlikely you’d remember me as no doubt you have seen many students come and go over the years, but as a History aficionado I recently came across a book that you wrote some years back and I realised after seeing your name as author that you were one of my History lecturers at University of Glamorgan (where I attended from 1998 until 2001). I enjoyed your lectures some 16 to 19 years ago now, I had never studied American history or slavery prior to starting my degree but still enjoy reading around this subject area now. I remember you occasionally using music as part of your lectures, and started to get into Blues as a result of this. I have a young son now who, like me, is interested in History and Blues music. Apologies for the somewhat random comment, but just had to say its incredible how you are still providing inspiration to a former student two decades later, not to mention the latest addition to his family as I begin imparting onto my son what I learned at University all those years back!

    Warmest Regards,

  6. Dear Dave – thank you for the very kind comments! I am very glad to hear that love of blues is passed from generation to generation – excellent! Do drop me an e-mail to let me know what you are doing etc – your post-uni career –

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