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James Madison University
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American Revolution, Loyalists, old age and the elderly, 18th century
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About Me

I am an associate professor of history at James Madison University and an expert on the American Revolution, especially (but not only) from the perspective of the American Loyalists.  I have published on the Loyalist experience in the war and in pursuing forgiveness and reconciliation after the war.  I also research old age and aging in the Founding era and the 18th century, and am full of tidbits about the Founding Fathers as old men with limited mobility, complaints about their health, and nagging advice for their grandchildren.

Recent Publications

From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2016)

  • Winner of the 2016 George C. Rogers, Jr. Award for the best book of the year on South Carolina history
  • Named to the Journal of the American Revolution’s 100 Best Books on the American Revolution List, March 2017

The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon, co-edited with Joseph S. Moore (University of South Carolina Press, January 2019) in press

“History of the American South,” in Maggi M. Morehouse, ed., Routledge Handbook of the American South (New York: Routledge 2017) 8-20.

“Getting Old in the Young Republic,” The American Historian (May 2016) 27-31.

Media Coverage
NPR With Good Reason, Backstory with the American History Guys, Coastline, Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents