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Harry C. Black Professor of History
Monday and Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.
Primarily an Early American historian, I also have subsidiary interests in the African-American experience, the early Caribbean, and the study of the Atlantic world.
Prizes include: Association of Caribbean Historians Best Article Prize (1995–1997); American Historical Association, Albert J. Beveridge Award and Wesley-Logan Prize (1998); Organization of American Historians, Elliott Rudwick Prize (1999); South Carolina Historical Society Prize (1999); Columbia University, Bancroft Prize (1999); Library of Virginia Literary Nonfiction Award (1999); Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Yale University, Frederick Douglass Prize (1999); Southern Historical Association, Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Prize (1999); American Philosophical Society, Jacques Barzun Prize (1999); Documenting Georgia’s History Award, Georgia Archives, (2010), and Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award, Georgia Historical Society (2011).
My primary research focus at present is early Caribbean history, set within a broad Atlantic context.
My publications include: Colonial Chesapeake Society (1988), Strangers within the Realm: Cultural Margins of the First British Empire (1991), Cultivation and Culture: Work and the Shaping of Afro-American Culture in the Americas (1993), Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry (1998), Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Era (2006), Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (2009), African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry: The Atlantic World and the Gullah Geechee (2010), Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World(2011), Maritime Slavery (2012), and Early North America in Global Perspective (2014).
Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry
1998, The University of North Carolina Press