Bruce E. Baker

Bruce E. Baker, 2012, photo by Isabel Baker




Bruce E. Baker is a scholar specializing in the history and culture of the working people of the South and other aspects of American history. Educated at Clemson University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has worked in the United Kingdom since 2004.


NEWS: My new article about the origins of the nickname "Tar Heel" has been published by Southern Cultures and is available via Project Muse here

The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans is now available.

I am happy to talk about The Cotton Kings almost anywhere and almost anytime, including via Skype to classes. Just contact me at

I will be delivering the keynote lecture, "Boll Weevils, Bulls, and Cotton Futures Trading at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century" at the 20th Cotton and Rural History Conference at the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas, on April 16, 2016. Further details can be found on the conference website.

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, I will be giving a talk about The Cotton Kings at the Lincoln Parish Library in Ruston, Louisiana, at 6pm.


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