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Susanna Michele Lee is an associate professor in the History Department at North Carolina State University. She teaches classes on the history of Civil War and Reconstruction as well as the United States South. She has also taught at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and Duke University. Her book, Claiming the Union, published by Cambridge University Press in 2014, examines citizenship in the post-Civil War South. She is currently working on two book manuscripts: one on the Dakota War and one on civilians in central Virginia during the Civil War. She received her PhD in history from the University of Virginia.