After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas

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Brian Kelly, Queen’s University Belfast
Brian Kelly is a reader in U.S. history at Queen’s University Belfast, specializing in race and labor relations in the post-Civil War South. His first book, Race, Class and Power in the Alabama Coalfields (Illinois, 2001), won a number of awards, including the H. L. Mitchell Prize for an outstanding book in southern working-class history. He has published widely on race and class, and most recently co-edited a collection of essays, After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South (Florida, 2013) with Bruce E. Baker. Kelly is completing an extended monograph on grassroots black political mobilization in Reconstruction South Carolina.

Bruce E. Baker, Newcastle University
Bruce E. Baker is a lecturer in modern U.S. History at Newcastle University. He is the author of This Mob Will Surely Take My Life: Lynchings in the Carolinas, 1871-1947 (Hambledon, 2009) and What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the American South (Virginia, 2010), and a number of related books and articles. Baker is the co-editor (with Brian Kelly) of After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South (Florida, 2013), and is also completing a book about cotton futures trading in New Orleans and New York, co-authored with Barbara Hahn of Texas Tech University. 

Susan Eva O’Donovan, University of Memphis
Susan Eva O’Donovan is an associate professor of U.S. history at the University of Memphis, with a special interest in the history of enslaved women and men, the Civil War, emancipation, and the period of Reconstruction as a regional, national, and transnational phenomenon. Formerly a co-editor with the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, O’Donovan’s publications include Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 and Becoming Free in the Cotton South. 

John W. White, College of Charleston
John W. White is the Dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston. He was recently the director of the College of Charleston’s Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), project director of the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL), and supervisor for digital initiatives at the College of Charleston. White is also the executive director of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI).

Additional Credits
Heather Gilbert, digital scholarship librarian, and Tyler Mobley, digital services librarian, provide web design and maintenance for the After Slavery project at the College of Charleston.

Mary Battle, Public Historian at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, supervised the editing and redesign of After Slavery in 2013 to include this project in the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI). Amanda Noll, LDHI Project Coordinator, supervised the exhibition update in 2016.

Bradley Blankemeyer, Monica Bowman, Andrew Cuadrado, Beth GniewekJamie Mansbridge and Leah Worthington, College of Charleston-Citadel M.A. students in History, acquired archival materials and images, provided design and editorial assistance, and developed interactive maps and timelines for the redesign of After Slavery.