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

This project aims to demonstrate the utility of a materialist interpretive framework for exploring some of the most contentious issues in US Southern, labour and African-American history. In a vibrant, crowded field that has produced some of the most stimulating work of the past generation, historical scholarship stands at the threshold of a critical transformation. After Slavery will address some of the most fundamental problems in American history, and in the process reassert the utility of a labor- and class-centred framework for grasping the key features in the evolution of the post-emancipation South.

Principal investigator
Dr Brian Kelly
Principal project staff
Dr Brian Kelly, Dr Bruce Baker, Dr Susan O'Donovan
Start date
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Completion date
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Source material
Sources culled mainly from archival collections in the United States, including online photo archives, magazines and periodicals, government records and private manuscript collections.