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- University at Buffalo (SUNY)
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- slavery, emancipation, Civil War, southern
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- About Me
I am a historian of the Civil War era with a particular interest in slave emancipation. My first book, Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War was awarded the Willie Lee Rose Prize for best book in southern history by the Southern Association of Women Historians. I am currently writing a book on the Federal Writers’ Project Ex-Slave Narratives and the collective memory of emancipation for W.W. Norton.
- Recent Publications
“Remembering the Sins of Millard Fillmore.” Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2018
“The North Tried Compromise. The South Chose War.”Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2017
“The Freedwoman’s Tale: Reconstruction Remembered in the Federal Writer’s Project Ex-Slave Narratives,” in Carole Emberton & Bruce Baker, eds. Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America’s Most Tumultuous Era (LSU, 2017)
“Cleaning Up the Mess: Some Thoughts on Freedom, Violence, and Grief,” Beyond Freedom: New Directions in American Emancipation(Georgia, 2017): 136-144.
“Unwriting the Freedom Narrative: A Review Essay,” Journal of Southern History 82, 2 (May 2016): 377-394.
Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War (Chicago, 2013)
“‘Only Murder Makes Men’: Race, Violence, and the Limits of Citizenship in the Story of Freedom,” Journal of the Civil War Era2,3 (Sep. 2012): 369-93.
- Media Coverage
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- United States
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- United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century
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- American Civil War, Emancipation, Slavery