- Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and The American Negro. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000; Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2002; third edition with a New Preface, University of Georgia Press, 2019.
- Editor, Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019 (with Micheal J. Larson).
- Editor, Interpreting American History: Reconstruction. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2016.
- We Ask Only for Even-Handed Justice: Black Voices from Reconstruction, 1865–1877. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014.
- Soldiering For Freedom: How the Union Army Recruited, Trained, and Deployed the U.S. Colored Troops. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014 (with Bob Luke).
- Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.
- Editor, Race and Recruitment: Civil War History Readers, Volume 2. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2013.
- Editor, The Dunning School: Historians, Race, and the Meaning of Reconstruction. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2013 (with J. Vincent Lowery).
- Editor, A Just and Lasting Peace: A Documentary History of Reconstruction. New York: Signet Classics/New American Library/Penguin, 2013.
- Seeing the New South: Race and Place in the Photographs of Ulrich B. Phillips. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013 (with Patricia B. Bixel).
- Guest Editor, New Perspectives on Civil War-Era Kentucky. Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 110 nos. 3&4 (Summer/Autumn 2012): 231-647.
- Editor, Undaunted Radical: The Selected Writings and Speeches of Albion W. Tourgée. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010 (with Mark Elliott).
- An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865-1918, third edition with a New Preface. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.
- Editor, History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History by Charles P. Roland. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.
- Editor, The Flaming Sword by Thomas Dixon. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005.
- Editor, The Negro in the American Rebellion by William Wells Brown. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2003.
- Editor, My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass. New York and London: Penguin Classics, 2003.
- Editor, Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002, 2004.
Selected Recent Articles and Review Essays
- “‘Like the baseless fabric of a vision’: Thad Stevens and Confiscation Reconsidered.” In The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens: Place, Personality, and Politics in the Civil War Era, ed. John Quist, Randall M. Miller, and Michael Birkner (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019), 185-214.
- “Faculty Picks.” Choice (January 2019): http://www.choice360.org/blog/faculty-picks-january-2019.
- “Glory: ‘heroism writ large, from people whom history had made small.’” In Writing History with Lightning: Cinematic Representations of Nineteenth-Century America, ed. John C. Inscoe and Matthew C. Hulbert (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019), 162-71.
- “Abraham Lincoln and Karl Marx in Dialogue.” Civil War Book Review 20, no. 2 (Spring 2018): Article 11, https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3275&context=cwbr .
- “‘Stern Champion of the Human Race, of Man as Human’: Alexander F. Chamberlain and Reform in the Age of Imperialism and Jim Crow.” Journal of American Studies 51 (August 2017): 833-64.
- “Review Essay: America’s Western Middle Border Region and Its Inner Civil Wars.” Ohio Valley History 16 (Winter 2016): 64-68.
- “‘As firmly linked to ‘Africanus’ as was that of the celebrated Scipio’: Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and the U.S. Colored Troops.” In Democracy and the American Civil War: Race and African Americans in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Kevin Adams and Leonne Hudson. Kent: Kent State University Press, 2016, pp. 27-46.
- “Review Essay: Probate Law and Proslavery Religious Polemics in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky.” Ohio Valley History 14 (Winter 2014): 75-81.
- “Finding ‘pax plantation’ at Camp Gordon, Georgia: Historian Ulrich Bonnell Phillips and World War I.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 13 (October 2014): 564-99.
- “What Did the Civil War Smell Like?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 17, 2014, p. B16, http://chronicle.com/article/Book-Review-States-of-Decay/149257/ .
- “Whither Kentucky Civil War and Reconstruction Scholarship?” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 112 (Spring 2014): 223-47.
- “Introduction.” In Charles S. Sydnor, Slavery in Mississippi. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013, pp. xi-xxxix.
- “Two Stellar Reference Books on Slavery.” Slavery & Abolition 34 (March 2013): 166-72.
- “‘I was raised poor and hard as any slave’: African American Slavery in Piedmont North Carolina.” North Carolina Historical Review 90 (January 2013): 1-25.
- “Introduction to the Fordham University Press Edition.” In George Washington Williams, A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. The Bronx: Fordham University Press, 2012, pp. ix-xxxvi.
- “Continuity v. Discontinuity Redux: Life, Labor and Law in Jim Crow-Era Mississippi.” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 11 (July 2012): 445-51.
- “Albion W. Tourgée in North Carolina Historiography and Historical Memory.” Carolina Comments 60 (January 2012): 29-33.
- “The Study of Slavery at the Johns Hopkins University, 1889-1914.” Maryland Historical Magazine 106 (Fall 2011): 316-43.
- “Civil War History: An Intervention.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 19, 2011, http://chronicle.com/article/Civil-War-History-an/127926/.
- “Transatlantic Anthropological Dialogue and ‘the other’: Felix von Luschan’s Research in America, 1914-15.” In Racism in the Modern World: Historical Perspectives on Cultural Transfer and Adaptation, ed. Manfred Berg and Simon Wendt. New York: Berghahn Books, 2011, pp. 140-62.
- “U.B. Phillips, the North Carolina State Literary and Historical Association, and the Course of the South to Secession.” North Carolina Historical Review 87 (July 2010): 253-82.
- “Review Essay: ’The World Never Saw Such a War’: How Civil War Deaths Brought Life to the Union.“ North Carolina Historical Review 86 (October 2009): 437-44.
- “‘I would like to study some Problems of Heredity’: Felix von Luschan’s Trip to America, 1914-1915.” In Felix von Luschan (1854–1924): Leben und Wirken eines Universalgelehrten, ed. Peter Ruggendorfer and Hubert D. Szemethy. Wien: Böhlau Verlag Wien, 2009, pp. 141-63.
- “‘Gentlemen, I too, am a Kentuckian’: Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Bicentennial, and Lincoln’s Kentucky in Recent Scholarship.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 106 nos. 3 & 4 (Summer/Autumn 2008): 433-70.
- “Keeping Your Promises? African Americans, Contingency, and Lincoln’s America.” Lincoln Lore, no. 1893 (Summer 2008): 2-7.
- “Introduction.” In Life and Labor in the Old South by Ulrich Bonnell Phillips. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2007, pp. xvii-lv.
- “’Not as this chile knows of’: Myth and Reality in the Black Confederates Thesis.” Lincoln Lore, no. 1889 (Summer 2007): 5-10.
- “The Evil That Americans Did.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2007, B9.
- “High Authority or Failed Prophet? Alfred Holt Stone and Racial Thought in Jim Crow America.” Journal of Mississippi History 68 (Fall 2006): 195-211.
- “‘My books are hard reading for a Negro’: Tom Dixon and his African American Critics, 1905-1939.” In Thomas Dixon Jr. and the Making of Modern America, ed. Michele Gillespie and Randal L. Hall. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006, pp. 46-79.
- “New Introduction to the University Press of Florida Edition.” In Florida Plantation Records from the Papers of George Noble Jones, ed. Ulrich Bonnell Phillips and James David Glunt. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2006, pp. v-xl.
- “‘To hue the line and let the chips fall where they may’: J. Winston Coleman’s Slavery Times in Kentucky Reconsidered.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 103 (Autumn 2005): 691-726.
- “Anthropologist Felix von Luschan: Self-contradictions, Science, and America’s Perplexing Race Problem.” The Funnel (Berlin), 41 (Summer 2005): 47-48.
- “Armed, Confederate and Black? Not Likely.” Raleigh News and Observer, February 4, 2005, p. 17A.
- “Alfred Holt Stone and Conservative Racial Thought in the New South.” In The Human Tradition in the New South, ed. James C. Klotter. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005, pp. 47-65.
- “Frederic Bancroft’s ‘Notes Among the Negroes’: Writing Contemporary History in Bourbon-Era Mississippi.” Journal of Mississippi History 66 (Fall 2004): 227-64.
- Civil War and Reconstruction
- Abraham Lincoln
- Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
- Southern History
- Racial thought
- Documentary editing and publishing
- History of Anthropology
- Imperial Germany
Monograph Series Edited
- The American Ways Series (Rowman & Littlefield)
- The Library of African American Biography (Rowman & Littlefield)
- American Abolitionism and Antislavery (Kent State University Press)
- New Studies in Southern History (Lexington Books)
- Other Southerners (University Press of Florida)*
- Reflections on the Civil War Era (Praeger)*
- Battles and Leaders of the American Civil War (Praeger)*
- New Perspectives on the History of the South (University Press of Florida)*
- Studies in Historiography (Greenwood Press)*
*presently not accepting book proposals
- HIST 2000, Old South
- HIST 2105, American Slavery & Emancipation
- HIST 2600, Historical Methods Seminar (various topics)
- HIST 3211, Civil War & Reconstruction
- HIST 3212, Old South
- HIST 3795, Davenport Honors Seminar
- HIST 4000-5000 (various topics)
- HIST 4600, Senior Research Seminar (various topics)
- HIST 6000, Documentary Editing
- HIST 6001, Graduate Colloquium: U.S. History to 1877 (graduate reading seminar)
- HIST 6000, Reconstruction (seminar)
- LBST 2101, The American Civil War: Race, Rebellion, Reconstruction (large lecture course)
A.B., cum laude, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1971
A.M., Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1973, 1977
I am writing an intellectual history of the slave reparations movement.