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educator , historian

James Alan Marten, American historian, educator. Grantee, Bradley Institute for Democracy and Public Values, 1994, 1998, Education Development grant, National Endowment of the Humanities, 2000-2003.


Marten, James Alan was born on September 10, 1956 in Madison, South Dakota, United States. Son of Roy Carl and Mary Lou Marten.


Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State University, 1978. Master of Arts, University of South Dakota, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas, 1986.


English teacher Woodbine (Iowa) High School, 1978—1980. Professor of history Marquette University, Milwaukee, since 1986. Director children in urban American project Marquette University, Milwaukee, since 1999.

Fulbright lecturer Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin Province, China, 1999.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Children's Civil War (Outstanding Academic Book award Choice Magazine, 1999, Alpha Sigma Nu Statens Järnvägar National Book award for history, 1999), Texas Divided: Loyalty and Dissent in the Lone Star State, l856-l874, 1990. Editor: Children and War: A Historical Anthology, 2001. Author: Civil War America: Voices from the Homefront.

      , 2003. Editor: American Childhoods, since 2003, Milwaukee (Wisconsin) History Magazine, since 2003.


Member of Milwaukee County History Society (board director since 1999), Society for the History of Children and Youth (secretary 2000, treasurer 2000), Southern History Association (membership committee 1999—2000), Society of Civil War Historians (member advisory board 1999), Organization of America Historians.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, travel, basketball.


Married Linda Carol Gist, December 30, 1977. Children: Lauren Ruth, Eli James.

Roy Carl

Mary Lou Marten

Linda Carol Gist

Lauren Ruth Marten

Eli James Marten