Thanks to the nurturing I received at Maryland,
I’ve been fortunate to publish sixteen books on
various aspects of Southern and American
(they’re different) history. Some of them, such as
Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers, Black, White,
and Southern, and Still Fighting the Civil War,
managed to win awards. I’ve been sharing what
I’ve learned with my students at the University
of North Carolina, Charlotte where I’m the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History.
I confess I do not have many hobbies outside of history. My work is my joy.
But in the interstices of teaching, writing, and researching, I enjoy the music of Buddy Holly and Gustav Mahler (though not at the same time), reading Southern novels, jogging (I used to call it running), and watching baseball.