After spending more than a decade researching and writing about emancipation, race, and free blacks in antebellum Virginia, I am beginning a new project on slavery, free-labor ideology, and the transition to capitalism in the United States. Some of my initial thoughts are in "Early Free-Labor Thought and the Contest over Slavery in the Early Republic," in John Craig Hammond and Matthew Mason, eds., Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation (University of Virginia Press, 2011).
- "Who Do You Think You Are?" With Blair Underwood. NBC, February 24, 2012
- "Finding your Roots." With John Legend and Wanda Sykes. PBS, May 13, 2012
- Hist. 120: US to 1877
- Hist. 300: Seminar in Historical Analysis
- Hist. 422: Founding of the American Nation
- Hist. 464: Race and Ethnicity in the US to 1890
- Hist. 473: Unfree Labor in Early America
- Hist. 700: Seminar in Historical Analysis
- Hist. 780: Transition to Capitalism in Early America
- Hist. 780: Regionalism and Nationalism in Early America
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