Creators, Contributors & Benefactors of the After Slavery Project

Project Partners

Brian Kelly - Reader in US History, Queen's University Belfast

With a background in US labor, Southern and African American history, Brian is at work on a monograph on Black Workers and Political Mobilization in Reconstruction South Carolina. His first book, Race, Class and Power in the Alabama Coalfields, 1908-1921 (Illinois, 2001) won five major awards, including the Frances Butler Simkins Prize for an outstanding first book by an author in Southern history, and he has published widely on race and labor in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent publications include "Labor and Place: The Contours of Freedpeople's Mobilization in Reconstruction South Carolina," Journal of Peasant Studies 35: 4 (October 2008): 653-687, and "Emancipations and Reversals: Labor, Race, and the Boundaries of American Freedom in the Age of Capital," International Labor and Working-Class History 75: 1 (Spring 2009): 1-15.


Susan Eva O'Donovan - Associate Professor of History, The University of Memphis

A former editor with the highly acclaimed Freedmen and Southern Society Project, Susan's research focuses on slaves, the lives they shaped in bondage, and their often gendered and always contingent passages to freedom. She was co-editor on the recently published FSSP volume, Land and Labor, 1865 (UNC, 2008) and her monograph, Becoming Free in the Cotton South (Harvard, 2007) was awarded the prestigious James A. Rawley Prize by the Organization of American Historians. Her current book project, "Slaves and the Politics of Disunion," asks to what extent enslaved men and women not only monitored, but manipulated one of this nation's most formative moral and political debates. She is at work on a database and accompanying articles on Black Mobility in Reconstruction Wilmington, North Carolina, based on a detailed study of the local Freedmen's Savings Bank records.


Bruce E. Baker - Senior Lecturer in US History, Royal Holloway - University of London

Bruce grew up in upstate South Carolina, and after doing his undergraduate work at Clemson University, earned an MA in Folklore, and later a PhD in History, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His published work includes the critically acclaimed What Reconstruction Meant: Social Memory of Reconstruction in South Carolina, 1890-1955 (Virginia, 2007), and This Mob Will Surely Take My Life: Lynchings in the Carolinas, 1871-1947 (Continuum, 2008). Bruce is at work on a project on race and labor in the South Carolina upcountry. He is editor of the H-South discussion network and is co-editing a collection of essays based on the 2008 Wiles Colloquium, to be published by the University Press of Florida.


Daniel Brown - Postgraduate Research Assistant, Queen's University Belfast

Having lived and studied in Belfast all his life, Daniel Brown is a PhD student at Queens University Belfast. He graduated from Methody College in 2002, and pursued a single honors undergraduate degree in history at Queen's, with a shared focus on British imperial history and the study of the American South. He earned an MA in history at Queen's and joined the After Slavery team as a Research Assistant in 2006. His doctoral research is on the role of the Freedmen's Bureau in Reconstruction North Carolina.




Digital Partners

John W. White - Director, Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World Program

Dr. White is also the project Director of the Lowcountry Digital Library. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida in 2006. His book, Forging a New Consensus: White Resistance and Desegregation in South Carolina, 1944-1964,is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press.


Angela Flenner - Digital Services Librarian, College of Charleston

Ms. Flenner has an M.L.I.S. and an M.S. degree in historic preservation and is trained in the care and handling of historic documents. She is also a skilled metadata cataloger and has received training in the CONTENTdm database and digitization best practices. Ms. Flenner is the leading expert on digital libraries in the South Carolina Lowcountry.


Heather Gilbert - Project Coordinator, Lowcountry Digital Library

Ms. Gilbert has an M.L.I.S. and an M.F.A. in fine arts. She has over 5 years of professional digital design and small press publishing experience and brings to the project a strong, evolving technology background. She is skilled in Dublin Core, VRA Core 4.0 and Darwin Core metadata schemas as well as a wide variety of open source web technologies.





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