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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
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Emancipation, Slavery