Bruce E. Baker



Remembering Reconstruction

co-edited with Carole Emberton, Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America's Most Tumultuous Era, (Louisiana State University Press, 2017)


The Cotton Kings

The Cotton Kings:
Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century
New York and New Orleans (2015)


South at Work

The South at Work:
Observations from 1904 (2014)


After Slavery

After Slavery:
Race, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South (2013)


This Mob Will Surely Take My Life

This Mob Will Surely Take My Life:
Lynchings in the Carolinas, 1871-1947 (2008)


What Reconstruction Meant

What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory
in the American South (2007)



"Butler the Beast" on We're History, 16 May 2016

This is a seminar paper I wrote in 1994 about musical traditions in my family: "More Than Square Dance Music": One Family's Traditions of Southern Music in Muskegon, Michigan

"Why North Carolinians are Tar Heels: A New Explanation," Southern Cultures 21:4 (Winter 2015): 81-94.

"This Historian Has Some Advice for Bernie", on History News Network, 29 November 2015

"How the Federal Government Saved New Orleans from Disaster a Century Ago" on We're History, 2 April 2015

"The Government Shutdown Affected Agriculture, Too", on History News Network, 4 November 2013

"Picking Blackberries and Getting By after the Civil War," Southern Cultures 16:4 (Winter 2010): 21-40.

"How W. E. B. Du Bois Won the United Daughters of the Confederacy Essay Contest," Southern Cultures (Spring 2009): 69-81.

"'The First Anarchist That Ever Came To Atlanta': Hiram F. Hover from New York to the New South" in Chris Green, Rachel Rubin, and James Smethurst, eds., Radicalism in the South Since Reconstruction (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), 39-56.

"Under the Rope: Lynching and Memory in Laurens County, South Carolina," in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), 319-346.

"North Carolina Lynching Ballads," in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., Under Sentence of Death: Lynching in the South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997), 219-246.

Current Projects


"Rat-Proofing New Orleans and the Gulf South, 1912-1920: Bubonic Plague, Public Health, and the Modern City" (in progress)

co-authored with J. Laurence Hare and Jack Wells, Essential Skills for Historians: A Practical Guide to Researching the Past (under contract, Bloomsbury)

salvage fraud and policing of the New Orleans waterfront, 1870s-1880s

Page revision date: 14-Aug-2017