Selected Publications, Articles & Presentations

Publications

Monographs and Edited Works

  • Lincoln and Reconstruction (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013)
  • Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. Series 3, Volume 1. Land and Labor: 1865. (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). (co-editor)
  • Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From Slavery to Free Labor in Louisiana's Sugar Parishes, 1862-1880 (LSU Press, 2001)

Essays and Articles in Scholarly Journals

  • Introduction to Louisiana: A History, 6th edition (John Wiley & Sons, in press)
  • "Black Agency after Slavery," in Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States, Thomas Brown, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Introduction to reprint edition of Henry Clay Warmoth, War, Politics, and Reconstruction: Stormy Days in Louisiana (University of South Carolina Press, 2006)
  • "Labor Militancy and Black Political Mobilization in the Louisiana Sugar Region, 1865-1868," Journal of Southern History 67, no. 1 (February 2001): 115-42
  • "Labor Militancy and Black Political Mobilization in the Louisiana Sugar Region, 1865-1868," Journal of Southern History article reprinted in The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History, Volume VI: Reconstructing Louisiana, ed. Lawrence N. Powell (Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2001)
  • "The Freedmen's Bureau and Wage Labor in the Louisiana Sugar Region, 1865-1868," in The Freedmen's Bureau and the Reconstruction of the South, Randall Miller and Paul A. Cimbala, eds. (Fordham University Press, 1999)
  • "'The Great Law of Demand and Supply': The Contest over Wages in Louisiana's Sugar Region, 1870-1880," Agricultural History 72, no. 2 (Spring, 1998), pp. 159-82
  • "Between Emancipation and Enfranchisement: Law and the Political Mobilization of Black Southerners, 1865-1867," Chicago-Kent Law Review 70, no. 3 (1995), pp. 1059-77, with Steven F. Miller, Susan E. O'Donovan, and Leslie S. Rowland

Other Publications

  • Entries on "Oscar J. Dunn," "the Freedmen's Bureau," "Freedmen's Bureau Bills," "the Freedman's Bank," "Michael Hahn," "O. O. Howard," "William Pitt Kellogg," "Francis T. Nicholls," "P. B. S. Pinchback," and "Henry Clay Warmoth," for Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era, edited by Richard Zuczek (Greenwood, 2006)
  • Entries on "Emancipation and Reconstruction" and "the 1887 Sugar Strike," for Encyclopedia of Labor and Working Class History (Routledge, forthcoming)
  • "More Souths?" in Reviews in American History 30, no. 1 (March 2002): 66-71, reviewing Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation, by J. William Harris.
  • "Louisiana" entry for the Dictionary of American History, 3rd edition, Stanley I. Kutler, ed. (Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002)
  • "Louisiana" entry for The New Book of Knowledge (Grolier, 1998)
  • Book reviews or review essays published in: American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Journal of Mississippi History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of American Ethnic History, Maryland Historical Magazine, Agricultural History, Civil War History, American Jewish History, Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Military History of the West, North Carolina Historical Review, Law and History Review, The Americas

Professional Conferences and Presentations

  • Session commentator, "Reconstruction and Louisiana," annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Alexandria, LA, March 2007
  • Session commentator, "Southern Republicanism during Reconstruction," annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, November 2005
  • "Personalities and Politics during the Civil War Era: The Feud between Ulysses S. Grant and Henry Clay Warmoth, Kentucky Civil War Roundtable, September 2005
  • Invited participant in Hickory Hill Southern Studies Forum, "The Imperial Ambitions of the South, 1800-1860," Watson-Brown Foundation, Thomson, Georgia, May 2005
  • Session chair, "The Bitter Politics of Reconstruction," annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Lafayette, March 2005
  • Session chair and commentator, "Sugar and Social Relations in Early Nineteenth-Century Louisiana," annual meeting of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, New Orleans, La., June 2003
  • Session chair and commentator, "The African American Struggle for Rights during the Reconstruction Era," annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Memphis, Tenn., April 2003
  • Commentator on session, "God, Justice, and Reconstruction: Free People in the Emancipation Era," annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Lafayette, March 2003
  • Commentator on session, "Historiography of American Reconstruction," meeting of The Historical Society, Atlanta, Ga., May 2002
  • Session chair, "Memory and History in Louisiana," annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, New Iberia, March 2002
  • Commentator on session, "Louisiana and Reconstruction," annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Lafayette, La., March 2000
  • "The Freedmen's Bureau and Wage Labor in the Louisiana Sugar Region, 1865-1868," paper delivered before the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Alexandria, La., March 1999
  • Moderator, "Facets of Louisiana's Black History," Annual Regional Meeting of Louisiana Chapters of Phi Alpha Theta (concurrent with annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association), New Iberia, La., March 1998
  • "'The Great Law of Demand and Supply': The Contest over Wages in Louisiana's Sugar Region, 1870-1880," paper delivered before a Symposium of the Agricultural History Society: "African-Americans in Southern Agriculture, 1877-1945," Chapel Hill, N.C., June 1997
  • Moderator, "'A Gentleman and a Scholar': The Life and Works of Charles L. 'Pie' Dufour," Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Bossier City, La., March 1997
  • Comment on paper by Loren Schweninger, "Managing Human Property: Overseers, Masters, and Runaway Slaves," delivered before the Annual Meeting of the St. George Tucker Society, Atlanta, Ga., August 1996
  • "Labor Turnover and Mobility on Louisiana Sugar Plantations During the Transition to Free Labor, 1863-1878," Paper Delivered before the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, New Orleans, La., November 1990
  • "Women on Louisiana Sugar Plantations during the Civil War, 1862-1865," Paper Delivered before the Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, Alexandria, La., March 1990