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Scott Nelson was raised in Sanford, Florida. After working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Toronto, Ontario as a bookseller, busboy, teacher, and network engineer, he received a PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina in 1995. Today he is Legum Professor of History at the College of William & Mary where he teaches nineteenth-century American history. Nelson is a warm and witty public lecturer. He has delivered large public lectures for audiences on four continents including venues in Toronto, Paris, London, and Hong Kong.

His first book, "Iron Confederacies," was a business and labor history of the Southern Railway, the world’s first multi-divisional corporation. Nelson’s second book, "Steel Drivin’ Man" explored the real life and legend of railway hero John Henry. The book won the Merle Curti Prize for U.S. history, the Anisfield-Wolf Prize, the National Award for Fine Arts, and the Virginia Literary Award for nonfiction.

In 2007 with historian Marc Aronson he wrote a children’s book on how historians do research entitled "Ain’t Nothing But a Man," which won eight national awards including the Jane Addams Prize for the best book on social justice. With William & Mary colleague Carol Sheriff he wrote a study of daily life in the American Civil War, A People at War which received starred reviews in Library Journal and Choice, and has been adopted as a text in many parts of the country.

His latest book, "A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters," explores how America’s numerous financial downturns reshaped American politics and society.

Books
A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters (Vintage)

A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters (Vintage)

Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend

Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend

A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War

A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War

Speaking Topics
  • From Mortgage Crisis to Market Meltdown: The Depression of 1873 and Its Lessons

    It was a terrible time: banks with bad mortgages started it, complex financial instruments prolonged it, and poor risk analysis made it seem to last forever. This was not the Crisis that began in 2008, but the Great Depression of 1873. Professor Nelson will demonstrate the eerie parallels between that six-year-plus financial crash and today’s financial problems, describe those who prevailed, and share lessons for today.

  • The Death of John Henry and the African American Roots of Rock and Roll

    How do chilling stories about murder and mayhem form the basis of American popular music? Nelson explores how white murder ballads melded with African-American field hollers and ring shouts to become the hybrid musical form we call rock and roll.

  • Revolution in a Can: How Branded Foods Made America an International Superpower

    George Orwell hated tinned food, calling it a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun. Nelson looks at how American processed food actually emerged as a vital tool for the Union Army during the American Civil War, building brands like Armour, Swift, and Van Camp.

  • The Depression of 1893 and the Birth of American Progressivism

    The panic of 1893 brought the “Avalanche of 1894,” the largest partisan shift in Congress in U.S. history. It also fractured both parties and ushered in the political movement we call Progressivism. How did a bitter railroad strike change the course of American history?

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Scott Reynolds Nelson Biography

Scott Nelson was raised in Sanford, Florida. After working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Toronto, Ontario as a bookseller, busboy, teacher, and network engineer, he received a PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina in 1995. Today he is Legum Professor of History at the College of William & Mary where he teaches nineteenth-century American history. Nelson is a warm and witty public lecturer. He has delivered large public lectures for audiences on four continents including venues in Toronto, Paris, London, and Hong Kong.

His first book, "Iron Confederacies," was a business and labor history of the Southern Railway, the world’s first multi-divisional corporation. Nelson’s second book, "Steel Drivin’ Man" explored the real life and legend of railway hero John Henry. The book won the Merle Curti Prize for U.S. history, the Anisfield-Wolf Prize, the National Award for Fine Arts, and the Virginia Literary Award for nonfiction.

In 2007 with historian Marc Aronson he wrote a children’s book on how historians do research entitled "Ain’t Nothing But a Man," which won eight national awards including the Jane Addams Prize for the best book on social justice. With William & Mary colleague Carol Sheriff he wrote a study of daily life in the American Civil War, A People at War which received starred reviews in Library Journal and Choice, and has been adopted as a text in many parts of the country.

His latest book, "A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters," explores how America’s numerous financial downturns reshaped American politics and society.

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Scott Reynolds Nelson Speaking Topics

  • From Mortgage Crisis to Market Meltdown: The Depression of 1873 and Its Lessons

    It was a terrible time: banks with bad mortgages started it, complex financial instruments prolonged it, and poor risk analysis made it seem to last forever. This was not the Crisis that began in 2008, but the Great Depression of 1873. Professor Nelson will demonstrate the eerie parallels between that six-year-plus financial crash and today’s financial problems, describe those who prevailed, and share lessons for today.

  • The Death of John Henry and the African American Roots of Rock and Roll

    How do chilling stories about murder and mayhem form the basis of American popular music? Nelson explores how white murder ballads melded with African-American field hollers and ring shouts to become the hybrid musical form we call rock and roll.

  • Revolution in a Can: How Branded Foods Made America an International Superpower

    George Orwell hated tinned food, calling it a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun. Nelson looks at how American processed food actually emerged as a vital tool for the Union Army during the American Civil War, building brands like Armour, Swift, and Van Camp.

  • The Depression of 1893 and the Birth of American Progressivism

    The panic of 1893 brought the “Avalanche of 1894,” the largest partisan shift in Congress in U.S. history. It also fractured both parties and ushered in the political movement we call Progressivism. How did a bitter railroad strike change the course of American history?

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  • How to book Scott Reynolds Nelson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Scott Reynolds Nelson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Scott Reynolds Nelson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Scott Reynolds Nelson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Scott Reynolds Nelson?

    Booking fees for Scott Reynolds Nelson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Scott Reynolds Nelson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Scott Reynolds Nelson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Scott Reynolds Nelson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Scott Reynolds Nelson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Scott Reynolds Nelson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Scott Reynolds Nelson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Scott Reynolds Nelson Speaking Topics

  • From Mortgage Crisis to Market Meltdown: The Depression of 1873 and Its Lessons

    It was a terrible time: banks with bad mortgages started it, complex financial instruments prolonged it, and poor risk analysis made it seem to last forever. This was not the Crisis that began in 2008, but the Great Depression of 1873. Professor Nelson will demonstrate the eerie parallels between that six-year-plus financial crash and today’s financial problems, describe those who prevailed, and share lessons for today.

  • The Death of John Henry and the African American Roots of Rock and Roll

    How do chilling stories about murder and mayhem form the basis of American popular music? Nelson explores how white murder ballads melded with African-American field hollers and ring shouts to become the hybrid musical form we call rock and roll.

  • Revolution in a Can: How Branded Foods Made America an International Superpower

    George Orwell hated tinned food, calling it a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun. Nelson looks at how American processed food actually emerged as a vital tool for the Union Army during the American Civil War, building brands like Armour, Swift, and Van Camp.

  • The Depression of 1893 and the Birth of American Progressivism

    The panic of 1893 brought the “Avalanche of 1894,” the largest partisan shift in Congress in U.S. history. It also fractured both parties and ushered in the political movement we call Progressivism. How did a bitter railroad strike change the course of American history?

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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