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Former JMU Professor Gives Talk On Civil War Humor

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Posted: March 12, 2014

Cameron Nickels, a former professor at James Madison University, talks about Civil War humor Monday at the Rockingham County Administration Center. Nickels, who taught American studies from 1971 to 2003, authored the first book written about the topic, titled simply “Civil War Humor.” (Photo by Caleb M. Soptelean / DN-R)

HARRISONBURG — It may sound strange, given the subject matter, but Cameron Nickels gets a kick out of Civil War humor.

Nickels, a former professor who taught American studies at JMU from 1971 to…



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