Christopher Reef Waldrep
May 7, 2008
Address: History Department
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, California 94132
Telephone: 415: 338-2982; 925: 370-2909 (home)
Fax: 415: 338-7539
Eastern Illinois University, 1969-1973 (B.S., 1973)
Purdue University, 1973-1974 (M.A., 1974)
Ohio State University, 1987-1990 (Ph.D., 1990)
U. S. Constitution
Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, San Francisco State University, 2000 and currently;
Professor, Eastern Illinois University, 1999-2000;
Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University, 1994-1999;
Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University, 1990-1994;
Teacher, Washington (Ohio) City Schools, 1974-1990;
Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, 1974.
Night Riders: Defending Community in the Black Patch: 1890-1915 (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993).
Roots of Disorder: Race and Criminal Justice in the American South, 1817-1880 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998). Winner of the McLemore Prize,
awarded by the Mississippi Historical Society each year to the best book published the previous year on a subject related to Mississippi history
Ed. (with Donald Nieman) Local Matters: Race, Crime, and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century South (Athens: University Press of Georgia, 2001).
Racial Violence on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents (Santa Barbara:
ABC-Clio, Inc., 2001).
The Many Faces of Judge Lynch: Extralegal Violence and Punishment in America
(New York: Palgrave, 2002; paperback in 2004).
(with Lynne Curry) The Constitution and the Nation 4 vols. (New York: Peter Lang,
Vicksburg’s Long Shadow: The Civil War Legacy of Race and Rememberance (Lanham:
Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).
Ed. Lynching in America: A History in Documents (New York: New York University
Ed. (with Michael Bellesiles) Documenting American Violence: A Sourcebook (New
York: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Jim Crow’s Law: Juries, Dabney Marshall, and the Rule of Law in Mississippi (title
tentative, under contract with University Press of Georgia. I have a sabbatical spring, 2008 for this project.)
"Matthew Lyon Comes to Frontier Kentucky," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 77 (Summer 1979): 201-206.
"An Interloper in the Oligarchy: Livingston County's County Seat Controversy of
1806-1809," ibid., 78 (Spring 1980): 115-123.
"Egalitarianism in the Oligarchy: The Grand Jury and Criminal Justice in Livingston County, 1799-1808," The Filson Club History Quarterly, 55 (July 1981): 253-267.
"Who Were Kentucky's Whig Voters? A Note on Voting in Eddyville Precinct in
August 1850," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 79 (Autumn
"Immigration and Opportunity Along the Cumberland River in Western Kentucky," ibid., 80 (Autumn 1982): 392-407.
"'Human Wolves': The Night Riders and Community Consensus: the Killing of Axiom Cooper," ibid., 81 (Autumn 1983): 407-424.
"The Law, The Night Riders, and Community Consensus: The Prosecution of Dr.
David Amoss," ibid., 82 (Summer 1984): 235-256.
"Augustus E. Willson and the Night Riders," The Filson Club History Quarterly, 58 (April 1984): 237-253.
"Tobacco Farmers, the Tobacco 'Trust', and the Federal Government," The Journal of Kentucky Studies, 1 (July 1984): 187-201.
ed., "A 'Trust Lawyer' Tries to Help Kentucky Farmers: Augustus E. Willson's 1907 Letter to George Cortelyou," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 83 (Autumn 1985): 347-355.
"Planters and the Planters' Protective Association in Kentucky and Tennessee," The Journal of Southern History, 52 (November 1986): 565-588.
"Rank and File Voters and the Coming of the Civil War: Caldwell County, Kentucky, as Test Case," Civil War History, 35 (March 1989): 59-72.
"'So Much Sin': The Decline of Religious Discipline and the 'Tidal Wave of Crime'," Journal of Social History, 23 (Spring 1990): 535-552.
"Tradition, Community, and Change: Barkley Dam and the Relocation of Eddyville and Kuttawa, 1950-1960," The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 88 (Spring 1990): 183-204.
"Historians, Ideology and Southern Plain Folk as Mill Workers: A Review Essay," Southern Quarterly, 29 (Fall 1990): 179-187.
"The Reorganization of the Tobacco Industry and Its Impact on Tobacco Growers in Kentucky and Tennessee, 1900-1911," Mid-America, 73 (January 1991): 71-81.
"William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and the Law," Southern Studies, 2 (Spring 1991): 39-50.
"Federalism and Community Justice: Kentucky and Tennessee Night Riders and the Law," Georgia Journal of Southern Legal History, 1 (Fall/Winter 1991): 281-320.
"The Impact of Race on Law in Kentucky: A Research Note," Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 90 (Spring 1992): 165-182.
"The Making of a Border State Society: James McGready, the Great Revival, and the Prosecution of Profanity in Kentucky," American Historical Review, 99 (June 1994): 767-784.
"History: Teaching American Federalism with a Computer," Social Science Computer Review, 12 (Winter 1994): 533-541.
"Black Access to Law in Reconstruction: The Case of Warren County, Mississippi," Chicago-Kent Law Review, 70 (1994): 583-624.
"Creating a Metaphor for the Past: Uniting History and Computing in the Classroom," Perspectives, 33 (March 1995): 13-15.
"Substituting Law for the Lash: Emancipation and Legal Formalism in a Mississippi County Court," Journal of American History, 82 (March 1996): 1425-1451.
"Opportunity on the Frontier South of the Green," in Craig Thompson Friend, ed., "The Buzzel About Kentuck": Settling the Promised Land (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998).
"Word and Deed: the Language of Lynching, 1820-1953," in Michael Bellesiles, ed., Lethal Imagination: Violence and Brutality in American History (New York: New York University Press, 1999).
"Review Essay: For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War," Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 20 (Winter 1999): 85-97.
“Women, the Civil War, and Legal Culture in Vicksburg, Mississippi,” Journal of Mississippi History, 61 (Summer 1999): 137-148.
"War of Words: The Controversy over the Definition of Lynching, 1899-1940," Journal of Southern History, 66 (February 2000): 75-100.
“Ida B. Wells, Higher Law, and Community Justice,” in Ballard Campbell, ed., The
Human Tradition in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2000).
“Memory, History, and the Meaning of the Civil War – A Review Essay,” Register of the
Kentucky Historical Society 102 (Spring 2004): 383-402.
“Blanche Terry and the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan,” in James C. Klotter, ed. The
Human Tradition in The New South, (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).
“‘Raw, Quivering Flesh’: John G. Cashman’s ‘Pornographic’ Constitutionalism Designed
to Produce an ‘Aversion and Detestation’, 1883-1904,” American Nineteenth
Century History 6 (September 2005): 295-322.
“Law and Society: Structuring Legal Revolutions, 1870-1920,” Journal of the Gilded Age
and Progressive Era 5 (October 2006): 309-324.
“National Policing, Lynching, and Constitutional Change,” Journal of Southern History
(forthcoming, August 2008).
Book reviews in American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, Agricultural History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Law
and History Review, History: Reviews of New Books, The Register of the
Kentucky Historical Society, Florida Historical Quarterly, Illinois Historical Journal, Journal of American Ethnic History, Mississippi Quarterly, Journal of Mississippi History, Filson Club History Quarterly, Ohio Valley History, American Journal of Legal History, the Journal of Southwest Georgia History and The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
"Divine Law, Vigilante Justice: The Decline of Religious Discipline and the Rise of the Night Rider Movement," Ohio Valley History Conference, October 5, 1985, Western Kentucky University.
"Vigilantism in a Social Context: The Case of Caldwell County, Kentucky," Ohio Valley History Conference, October 4, 1986, Murray State University.
"Rank and File Voters and the Coming of the Civil War: Caldwell County, Kentucky, as a Test Case," Ohio Valley History Conference, October 3, 1987, Western Kentucky University.
"William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and the Law," Annual Meeting of the Ohio
Academy of History, April 16, 1988, Wittenberg University.
"Eddyville, Kuttawa, and Barkley Dam: Progress and Change," Ohio Valley History Conference, October 28, 1988, Eastern Kentucky University.
"The Night Riders and the Law," 1989 Southern Historical Association, November 9, 1989, Lexington, Kentucky.
"The Reorganization of the Tobacco Industry and its Impact on Tobacco Growers in Kentucky and Tennessee, 1900-1911," Organization of American Historians, March 25, 1990, Washington, D. C.
"From Slavery to Freedom: Blacks and the Law in Lyon County, Kentucky, 1854-1885," Southern Historical Association, November 14, 1991, Fort Worth, Texas.
"The Great Revival and the Law in Kentucky, 1792-1810," Society for Historians
of the Early American Republic, July 18, 1992, Gettysburg College.
"The Language of Sin: Gender and the Regulation of Profanity, 1800-1846," American Historical Association, December 1992, Washington, D.C.
"Black Access to Criminal Justice after Emancipation: Warren County, Mississippi," American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, August 7, 1995, Maui, Hawaii.
"Due Process for Mississippi Slaves," American Society for Legal History, October 21, 1995, Houston Texas.
"Law as a Mechanism for Social Control in a Slave Society," Social Science History Association, November 1995, Chicago, Illinois.
"Into the Heart of Darkness: The Civil War as a Crisis of Law and Order," Illinois History Symposium, December 1, 1995, Springfield, Illinois.
"Black Political Leadership: The Case of Warren County, Mississippi, 1863-1880," Organization of American Historians, March, 1996, Chicago, Illinois.
"Public Memory and Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi," Murray State University conference entitled "Americans Remember the Civil War: Scholarship, Preservation and Public Memory," April 5, 1997.
"Legal Scholarship in Cyberspace," Cincinnati Symposium on Computers and History, University of Cincinnati, May 2, 1997.
"Clash of Cultures: Historical Writing and Authority in Cyberspace," American Society for Legal History Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 17, 1997.
"Roots of Lynching in Warren County, Mississippi, 1860-1880," American Historical Association, Seattle, Washington, January 1998.
"The Civil War and the Law in Vicksburg, Mississippi," Historic Natchez Conference, Natchez, Mississippi, February 1998.
"The Language of Lynching and the Construction of Meaning: Public Understandings of Terrorism and Lynching." Southern Intellectual History Circle meeting, February 26, 1999, Edgefield, South Carolina.
“Rock’n’ the Constitution: Popular Music and the Fall of Segregation,” American Society for Legal History, Toronto, October 22, 1999.
“The Politics of Language: The Ku Klux Klan in Reconstruction,” The Citadel Conference on the South, Charleston, South Carolina, April 6, 2000.
“Violent Outrages: Language Wars in Reconstruction,” Southern Historical Association, Louisville, Kentucky, November, 2000.
“Law and Lawlessness in Mississippi,” Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, Mobile, Alabama, October 12, 2001.
“Lawyering and Lynching: Law against Mob Law, 1883-1945.” Lynching and Racial
Violence in America: Histories and Legacies Conference, Emory University,
October 4, 2002.
“The Taxicab Lynching: Mob Law, State Law, and National Law or How 31 White Men
got away with Murdering one Black Man.” Citadel Conference on the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina, March 7, 2003.
“In Search of State Action: Federal Efforts to Curb Lynching, 1898-1945.” American
Society for Legal History, Washington, D.C., November 14, 2003.
“Lynching and the Right to Live: How White Americans’ Racial Violence Fits into our
Civil Rights History,” International Conference on Arts and Humanities,
Honolulu, Hawai’i, January 13, 2005.
“American Lynching and the Changing Meaning of Community, 1865-1965,”
“Assaulting the Past”: Placing Violence in Historical Context, An International
Conference held at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, July 7, 2005.
“Biography of a Litigator: An Inquiry into the Constitutional Principles of Dabney
Marshall (1860-1928),” American Society for Legal History, Cincinnati, Ohio,
November 12, 2005.
“Judges and Judging in the American South: Challenging the All-White Jury system in
Mississippi, 1900-1910,” Eighteenth British Legal History Conference, Oxford,
England, July 3, 2007.
“Samuel Miller and Joseph Bradley and the Meaning of Privileges and Immunities,”
American Society for Legal History conference, Ottawa, No ember 14-16, 2008.
Miller Handley Karnes, “Law, Labor, and Land in the Postbellum Cotton South: The
Peonage Cases in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 1865-1940.” 2000.
Masatomo Ayabe, “The Ku Klux Klan Movement in Williamson, Illinois, 1923-1926.”
Stacy Pratt McDermott, “Gentlemen of the Jury: Juror Status and the Reputation of the
Jury in the Antebellum Midwest.” 2007.
"Night Riders: Defending Community in the Black Patch," Friends of Kentucky
Public Archives annual Public Archives Symposium, Frankfort, Kentucky, November 18, 1994.
“Night Riders: Defending Community in the Black Patch,” The Filson Club, Louisville,
Kentucky, May 13, 2000.
“Historical Perspective on Hate Crimes,” Hate Crimes Symposium: Uprooting Hatred and
Sowing Seeds of Respect, Golden Gate School of Law, March 31, 2001.
“States’ Rights, State Sovereignty, and Civil Rights,” Rhodes College, Memphis,
Tennessee, June 15, 2004.
“American Lynching, Civil Rights, and the Changing Meaning of Community, 1865-
1965,” University of Edinburgh, Scotland, January 11, 2006.
“American Lynching, Civil Rights, and the Changing Meaning of Community, 1865-
1965,” Center for the Study of Law and Society Brown Bag Lunch Speaker
Series,” University of California Berkeley, March 6, 2006.
“Making America Safe for Civil Rights: Lynching and the Changing Meaning of
Community in the World War II Era,” Southern Studies Brown Bag Lunch and
Lecture Series, University of Mississippi, April 5, 2006.
“The F.B.I., Lynching, and Civil Rights,” Harrison Distinguished Lecture for 2006,
Western Kentucky University, April 6, 2006.
“American Lynching, Civil Rights, and the Changing Meaning of Community, 1865-
1965,” University of Glasgow, Scotland, January 18, 2007.
“The Changing Meaning of Lynching,” San Jose State University conference, “Penal
California: Tracing its Origins, Sketching its Future,” April 6, 2007.
“The Civil War in Vicksburg,” Rowan University, Glossboro, New Jersey, April 10, 2008.
“Why a Conservative Supreme Court Justice Spoke Out,” San Francisco Chronicle,
December 20, 2002.
“Why it Matters How Many People Murdered Emmett Till,” San Francisco Chronicle,
May 13, 2004.
Judge, Kentucky Governor's Award competition for the best book published in Kentucky history, 1986-1987.
Judge, Collins Award competition for the best article published in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 1987, 1988.
Scholarly Referee, Journal of American History.
Scholarly Referee, Journal of Southern History.
Scholarly Referee, The Western Historical Quarterly.
Scholarly Referee, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Scholarly Referee, Kansas Quarterly.
Scholarly Referee, Law and Social Inquiry.
Scholarly Referee, Journal of the Early Republic.
Scholarly Referee, Houghton Mifflin.
Scholarly Referee, Louisiana State University Press.
Scholarly Referee, University of Virginia Press.
Scholarly Referee, Ohio State University Press.
Scholarly Referee, University of North Carolina Press.
Scholarly Referee, University of Illinois Press.
Scholarly Referee, New York University Press.
Scholarly Referee, Oxford University Press.
Scholarly Referee, University Press of Mississippi.
Scholarly Referee, Ohio University Press.
Scholarly Referee, Cornell University Press.
Member, Filson History Club Quarterly editorial board and scholarly referee, 1993-1995.
Member, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society editorial board, 2004-2007.
Editor, "H-Law," an electronic journal for legal scholars based at the University of Illinois, Chicago and Michigan State University, 1993 and currently. I am
the founding editor of H-Law and now serve as its senior editor.
Member, American Society for Legal History Publications Committee, 1997 and currently.
Program Committee member, Conference on Computing for the Social Sciences, CSS94, University of Maryland, May 31-June 3, 1994. This was the annual meeting of the Social Sciences Computing Association.
Illinois Representative, Southern Historical Association Membership Committee, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000; California representative, 2001, 2002, 2003.
Consultant, National Constitutional Center, 1998.
Eastern Illinois University Council for Faculty Research, 1997-2000 (chair of council, 1999-2000).
Chair, Organization of American Historians ABC-CLIO America: History and Life Award Committee, 2003.
Program Committee member, Southern Historical Association, 2005.
Consultant, “Citizenship and Identity: Teaching American History with Primary Source
Documents,” Teaching American History Grant, Department of Education, San
Francisco Unified School District, 2005-2006.
Member, The Southern Historical Association, C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize
Member, The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE)
Vincent P. DeSantis Prize Committee, 2009.
Outside evaluator, Sonoma State University, Department of History, October, 2007.
Outside evaluator, various candidates for promotion at various universities.
Associate Editor, Mississippi Encyclopedia, 2007.
Scholarly Grants, Awards, and Honors:
Ruth Higgins Award, Ohio State University Department of History, in recognition of outstanding scholarship in the field of history, 1988-1989.
Eastern Illinois University Council for Faculty Research Grant, 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 for "Black Testimony: African Americans in Church and State Courts, 1800-1885."
Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution grant to direct
"The Bill of Rights in Our Community," a series of seven forums bringing together members of the community and scholars to discuss Bill of Rights issues, March 12-April 10, 1991.
Illinois Humanities Council grant to direct "The Bill of Rights in Our Community," March 12-April 10, 1991.
Participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "Slavery and Freedom in the American South," Michael P. Johnson, director, University of California, Irvine, 1991.
Littleton-Griswold grant from the American Historical Association for research in
"Black Testimony: African Americans in Church and State Courts,1800-1885," 1991-1992.
Booth Library Fellow for research in "Black Testimony: African Americans in Church and State Courts, 1800-1885," Spring 1992, 1992-1993, and 1993-1994.
American Bar Association grant in 1992 for "The Law in Reconstruction Warren County, Mississippi," a program to create a database of Warren County grand jury indictments from 1825 through 1880 for student research.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 1993 for "Black Participation in Southern Courts, 1800-1885."
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship in 1993 for "Black Participation in Southern Courts, 1800-1885."
Eastern Illinois University Council for Faculty Research grant, 1992-1993, for "Black Participation in Southern Courts, 1800-1885."
Eastern Illinois University Faculty Excellence Award for research in recognition of outstanding contribution to the University during the 1992-1993 academic year.
Illinois Humanities Council grant to direct "The Civil War and the Constitution," March and April, 1994." This program consisted of two lectures delivered at Eastern Illinois University by Phillip Paludan and Michael Les Benedict.
American Philosophical Society Henry M. Phillips Research grant awarded March 17, 1994 for "Black Participation in Southern Courts, 1800-1885." The grant paid for a research trip to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Eastern Illinois University Council for Faculty Research grant, 1993-1994, for "Merchants and Planters in Antebellum Mississippi, 1830-1850."
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1995-1996, for "Law and Society in Warren County, Mississippi, 1830-1880.
Eastern Illinois University Council for Faculty Research grant, 1996-1997, for
"Military Justice in Civil War Warren County, Mississippi."
American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association (life member), American Society for Legal History (life member), Mississippi Historical Society (life member), Kentucky Historical Society.