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John David Smith
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
I have three books in process: a history of the slave reparations movement, a short history of Radical Reconstruction, and an intellectual biography of Felix von Luschan
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-NC
Former Reviewer for H-AmRel
Reviewer for H-CivWar
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Dr. John David Smith is the Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches courses on the American South, the Civil War, and slavery.
From 1982 to 2004 Smith taught at North Carolina State University, where in 1992 he was named Alumni Distinguished Professor of History. In 1998-1999 Dr. Smith served as the Fulbright Senior Professor of American Studies at the Amerika-Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München.
Professor Smith has lectured in eleven foreign countries and has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Smith’s Black Judas: William Hannibal Thomas and “The American Negro” (2000) received The Mayflower Society Award for Nonfiction. He currently serves as an editorial board member of The Journal of Southern History.
Dr. Smith has written or edited eighteen books: Window on the War (1976), Black Slavery in the Americas (2 vols., 1982), An Old Creed for the New South (1985, 1991), Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery (1988, 1997), Ulrich Bonnell Phillips (1990, 1993), Anti-Black Thought (11 vols., 1993), Black Voices from Reconstruction (1996, 1997), John Brown a Biography by W.E.B. Du Bois (1997), A Mythic Land Apart (1997), “This Wilderness of War” (1998), Slavery, Race, and American History (1999), Black Judas (2000, 2002), A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky (2000), When did Southern Segregation Begin? (2002), Black Soldiers in Blue (2002, 2004), My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (2003), The Negro in the American Rebellion by William Wells Brown (2003), and The Flaming Sword by Thomas Dixon (2005). He also has published more than fifty scholarly articles in such journals as Civil War History, Journal of Negro History, Phylon, Journal of Folklore Research, American Archivist, and South Atlantic Quarterly. His criticism has appeared in the London Times Literary Supplement, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals throughout the United States.