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       The recent debate about the public display of Confederate symbols has provided a rare opportunity for me and other historians to contribute our expertise on a topic of pressing concern.
       Since the tragic events following the Neo-Nazi, Neo-Confederate, and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, I have sought out venues to participate in this long-overdue national conversation.  I had hoped that my book, The Southern Past, would prompt dialogue about the contested histories in the American South but, alas, it took Dylan Roof’s murderous rampage in Charleston in 2015 and the Charlottesville rally to focus American attention.
       In addition to interviews with journalists from across the United States, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere, I have written a number or short pieces that address my thoughts on why Confederate symbols have become so controversial now and what should be done with them.  I continue to advocate grassroots dialogues about what to do with controversial monuments that clutter our landscape. Here are several articles that summarize how we should proceed and why the issue is so politicized at present.

Public Speaking

A collection of recordings from various lectures and speeches.

America’s Identity Crisis Over Torture

In his new book “Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition,” (Belknap Press/2018) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill history professor Fitzhugh Brundage argues Americans allow or overlook practices otherwise deemed barbaric when our existence or security seems threatened. Host Frank Stasio talks with Brundage about his book and how Americans have justified the use of torture in the name of American institutions and democracy.

Curriculum Vitae

Comprehensive list of education, published works, conference involvement and various awards.

Modern U.S.

Modern U.S. South (since 1865)

Ph.D. November 1988 History Harvard University

M.A. September 1984 History Harvard University

B.A. June 1981 History University of Chicago

2002 William B. Umstead Professor University of North Carolina

1999-2002 Professor of History University of Florida

1997-1999 Associate Professor of History University of Florida

1995-1997 Associate Professor of History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

1989-1994 Assistant Professor of History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

1988-1989 Instructor of American History, University of Georgia

1998 A Socialist Utopia in the New South named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, 1997

1997 Kirk Visiting Scholar, Agnes Scott College, Spring 1997

1995-1997 National Humanities Center Fellow

1995-1996 Whitney Humanities Center Fellowship, Yale University, (Declined)

1994 Merle Curti Award for Best Book of Social History, awarded by the Organization of American Historians (1994)

1992 Elliot Rudwick Award for Best Work on Afro-American History published by the University of Illinois Press

1991 A.S.U.S. Teaching Excellence Award, Queen’s University

1990 E. Merton Coulter Award for Best Article on Georgia History, Georgia Historical Society

1999 American Philosophical Society Summer Research Grant, Summer 1999

1999 Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society

1998 University of Florida Fine Arts and Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Fund Summer Research Grant

1998 American Philosophical Society Summer Research Grant, Summer 1998 (Declined in order to accept internal funding)

1995-1996 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1995-1996

1994, 93, 91, 90, 89 Advisory Research Council, Queen’s University Research Grant

1992-1995 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 3-year research grant


Invited Presenter

March 1999 “ The Segregated South,” Invited Participant to Conference, Sidney Sussez College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

June 1994 “Xenophobia, Racism, Nativism and National Identity and the United States,” Invited Participant in Seminar, German Historical Institute, Washington DC

April 1994 “Black Responses to Mob Violence,” Invited Presenter, Conference on American Civil Rights, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland


Invited Panelist

June 1997 “Mules, Migration, and Inland Rice: An Assemblage on the Modern South,” Chair and Commentator, Agricultural History Society Symposium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

May 1996 “Contexts and Consequences of Lynching,” Commentator, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Convention, Charleston, S. C.

October 1996 “Capital Punishment and Social Control in Europe and America,” Commentator, American Society for Legal History, Richmond, VA.

January 1996 “Lynching in the Postbellum South,” Commentator, American Historical Association Conference, Atlanta


October 1997 “Extraordinary Alliances: Cross-Cultural Politics in Turn-of-theCentury New York City,” Chair, American Studies Association Convention, Washington, D.C.

October 1995 “Lynching in the Postbellum South,” Chair and Commentator, American Society of Criminology Conference, Boston


November 2000 “Meta Warrick’ s 1907 “Negro Tableaux” and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory,” “Woman’ s World, 1880-1920: From Object to Subject,” Reynolda House Symposium, Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC.

April 2000 “ Tourism and the Pursuit of Authentic History in the South 1900- 1940,” at Plantations of the Mind: Marketing Myths and Memories in the Heritage Tourism Industry, Charleston, S. C.

April 2000 “ The Faith that the Dark Past Has Taught Us: The Practice of African American Memory in the South, 1865-1930,” The Citadel Conference on the South, Charleston, S. C.

March 1997 “White Women and Memory,” Second Women and Historical Preservation Convention, Mesa, Arizona

October 1994 “A Freer, Fuller, Richer Life for Women: The Place of Women in the Ruskin Colony, 1894-1901,” Presenter, Communal Societies Conference, Oneida, New York

October 1993 “Patterns of Black Responses to White Mob Violence,” Presenter, Social Science History Association, Washington D.C.

October 1993 “A Utopian Frontier in the New South?” Presenter, Society for Utopian Studies Convention, St. Louis, MO.

April 1990 “Comparative Regional Approaches to White Violence and Black Responses in the American South, 1880-1930,” Presenter, Organization of American Historians Convention, Washington D.C.

October 1989 “Southern Mob Violence and the Social Sciences,” Presenter, Social Science History Association Convention, Washington D.C.


Invited Commentator

February 2002 “ National Landmarks and Virginia’ s Heroes of Two Wars,” Virginia’s Civil War and Aftermath: The Douglas Southall Freeman and Southern Intellectual History Conferences, University of Richmond

November, 2000 “ Historical Memory in the Era of the Civil Rights Movement,” Southern Historical Association conference, Louisville, Ky.

April 2000 “ Utopian Socialism in the Deep South,” Georgia Association of Historians, Albany, Ga. April 1999 “ Violence and Vigilance in 20th Century Florida,” Chair and Commentator, Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting, Daytona Beach, Florida

November 1997 “Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates,” Chair, Southern Historical Association Convention, Atlanta, Georgia

June 1997 “Sexual Violence and Intimidation,” Southern Association of Women Historians Convention, Charleston, South Carolina

November 1996 “State and Civil Society in the American South and South Africa,” Chair and Commentator, Southern Historical Association Convention, Little Rock, AK.

November 1993 “Murder in Faulkner’s Oxford,” Commentator, Southern Historical Association Convention, Orlando, FL.


October 2000 “ Should Demographers be allowed to Study Lynchings?” Invited Presenter, Southern Demographers Association conference, New Orleans, La.

November 1991 “Varn Mill Riot: Violence and Justice in the New South,” Presenter, Southern Historical Association Convention, Fort Worth, Texas.

April 1989 “Towards the Twentieth Century: Lynching in the New South,” Presenter, Southeastern Society of Nineteenth Century Studies Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.


October 2001 “ Race, Religion, and Nationalism” Colloquium, Amherst College

April 1998 “ History, Memory and Southern Identity: The cul-de-sac of Southern Distinctiveness,” History Graduate Student Seminar, Duke University


April 2002 “Meta Warrick’s 1907 ‘ Negro Tableaux’ and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory,” Annual Meeting of the Georgia Association of Historians

November 2001 “Images of Lynching,” Chicago Historical Society, sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival

June 2001 “Meta Warrick’ s 1907 ‘Negro Tableaux’ and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory,” St. George Tucker Society Meeting, Atlanta, Ga.

April 1997 “The Partnership of Professional Historians and Antiquarians in the South, 1890-1920,” Keynote address, Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina


November 2001 “ Arguing about the Civil War: White and Black Southerners and the Civil War,” Honors Program lecture, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, Fl.

October 1999 “ Memory, Race, and Southern Identity,” Annual B. F. Hall lecture, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

October 1999 “ Black Memory in the Age of Jim Crow,” Department of Religion, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

November 1998 “ Memory, White Women, and the Battle of Nashville Monument,” Battle of Nashville Monument Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee

March 1997 “The Problem of Memory in the Modern South,” Public Lecture, the Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia

January 1997 “Professional Historians and Antiquarians in the New South, 1890- 1920,” North Carolina State University History Department Seminar, Raleigh, North Carolina

November 1996 “Embalming the Past in the Amber of History: Archives and Historical Memory in the South, 1890-1920,” Public Lecture, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina

May 1996 “No Deed But Memory: Historical Memory in the Modern South,” Public Lecture, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, North Carolina

April 1996 “Thinking About White Women and Public Memory in the South, 1865-1920,” Public lecture, Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

November 1995 “Historical Memory in the Modern South,” Public lecture, University of North Carolina, Wilmington October 1995 “Historical Memory and Museums in the Modern South,” Public lecture, Historic Lexington Foundation, Lexington, Virginia

October 1995 “Memory: Southern Social and Cultural Comparisons,” Commentator, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

March 1993 “Black Protest and White Violence,” Public Lecture, College of Charleston

May 1992 “Black Protest and Southern Mob Violence, 1880-1930,” Public Lecture, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia; Darien, Georgia, and Beach Institute, Savannah Georgia.


A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996), 263 pages

Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1993), 375 pages


Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2002)

Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Regional Identity in the American South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), 366 pages

Under Sentence of Death: Essays on Lynching in the South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997), 330 pages


“A Utopian Frontier in the New South,” in Peter H. Buckingham, ed., Expectations for the Millennium: American Socialist Visions of the Future (Greenwood Press, 2002)

“Race, Memory, and Masculinity: Black Veterans Recall the Civil War, 1865- 1915” in Joan Cashin, ed., The War Was You and Me: Civilian and the American Civil War (Princeton University Press, 2002), 136-156.

“White Women and the Politics of Historical Memory in the South, 1880- 1920,” in Jane Dailey, Glenda Gilmore, and Bryant Simon, eds., Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), 115-139

“Racial Violence, Lynchings, and Modernization in the Mountain South” in John Inscoe, ed. Appalachians and Race: the Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2000), 302-316

“Class, Gender and Mob Violence in the South,” in Identity and Intolerance: Nationalism, Racism, and Xenophobia in Germany and the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 137-154


“Varn Mill Riot: Violence and Justice in the New South,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 78 (Summer 1994): 257-280

“A Portrait of Southern Sharecropping: The 1911 and 1912 Georgia Plantation Survey of Robert Preston Brooks,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 77 (Summer 1993): 367-381

“‘To Howl Loudly’: John Mitchell, Jr. and his Protest Against Lynching in Virginia,” Canadian Journal of American Studies 22 (Winter 1991): 325-341

“Mob Violence: North and South, 1865-1940,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 75 (Fall 1991): 748-770

“The Darien ‘Insurrection’ of 1899: Black Protest During the Nadir of Race Relations,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 74 (Summer 1990): 234-253

“Slavery in Antebellum Rockbridge County, Virginia,” Proceedings of the Rockbridge County Historical Society, Vol. 10 (1989): 333-344


“Sanctioning Lynching: Discourse and the Legitimacy of Informal Justice in the American South” (co-written with Susan Jean), in Dermot Freeman, ed., Informal Criminal Justice (UK: Ashgate Publishing, Inc., 2002)


“Rationale of a Lynching,” Lincoln Center Theater Review 20 (Fall 1998):13- 14

“Commemoration and Conflict: Forgetting and Remembering the Civil War,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 82 (Fall 1998): 559-574


“Whispering Consolation to Generations Unborn: Black Memory in the Era of Jim Crow,” selected to be included in a published collection of papers delivered at the 2000 Citadel Conference on the South (University of South Carolina Press)

“ ‘Woman’ s Hand and Heart and Deathless Love’ : White Women and Commemorative Impulse in the New South, 1880-1930,” in Cynthia Mills and Pamela Simpson, eds., Monuments of the Lost Cause: Women, Art and the Landscapes of Southern Memory (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, in production), 33 manuscript pages

“Meta Warrick’ s 1907 ‘ Negro Tableaux’ and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory,” Journal of American History (forthcoming)

“Reconsidering Reconsidering Booker T. Washington and Up From Slavery” in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., Reconsidering Booker T. Washington (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, forthcoming)

“Remembering the Southern Past: Memory and History in the Modern South, 1865 to the present” (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, under contract)


More than forty reviews in the following journals:

American Historical Review, American Journal of Legal History, Atlanta History, Business History Review, Canadian Journal of American Studies, Canadian Journal of History, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Journal of American History, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Journal of Southern History, Journal of Southwest Georgia History, Labour\Le Travail, Left History, Queen’s Quarterly, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, South Carolina Historical Quarterly, Southern Cultures


Bedford/St. Martin’s, Harvard University Press, Louisiana State University Press, McGraw-Hill, Ohio State University Press, Oxford University Press, St. Martin’ s Press, University of Alabama Press, University Press of Florida, University of Georgia Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of Virginia Press, University Press of Mississippi


Canadian Journal of American Studies

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Georgia Historical Quarterly

Journal of Southern History

American Quarterly

Journal of American History


Quebec Fonds FCAR (Pour La Formation de Chercheurs et L’Aide a la Recherche), Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, MacArthur Foundation, National Humanities Center


Rice University

University of Western Florida

Portland State University

University of Mississippi

2001-2002 University of Florida Tercentennial Planning Committee

2000-2002 UF Humanities Center Task Force, University of Florida

1999-2002 Chairman, Department of History, University of Florida

1998-1999 Graduate Coordinator, Department of History, University of Florida

1998-1999 Graduate Committee, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Florida

1997-1998 Chair of the Target of Opportunity Search Committee, Department of History, University of Florida

1997-1998 Chair, Faculty Colloquium Committee, Department of History, University of Florida

1997-1998 Member, Ad Hoc Women Studies Drafting Group, Department of History, University of Florida

1992-1995 Undergraduate Chairman, Department of History, Queen’s University

1992-1995 Executive Committee, Department of History, Queen’s University

1989-1992 Undergraduate Committee Member, Department of History, Queen’s University

2002 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Selection Committee Member

2002 Program Committee Co-Chair, Southern Historical Association

2001 Program Committee, Southern Historical Association

2001 Chair, Albert Beveridge and John H. Dunning Prize Committee, American Historical Association

2000 Committee Member, Will Holmes Prize, Southern Historical Association

2000 Committee Member, Beveridge Prize, American Historical Association

1998-1999 Membership Committee, Southern Historical Association

1998-2001 Member of the Board of Editors of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Duke University

Georgia Tech University

Advisor, Listening Between the Lines/Reality Works documentary series on racial and ethnic conflict in American history, 2001

Interviewed by for Shaping America Educational Television Series

Expert witness for civil suit, Scott vs. School Board of Alachua County, 2001

Co-leader, Summer Teachers’ Institute, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC., June 24-July 8, 2001

Member, Southeastern association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Committee, Texas A&M, 2002, University of Georgia, 2001

Roundtable participant in a planning session at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, February 2000

Consultant and participant in Bill Brummell Productions/A&E documentary on vigilantes and lynching, June 1999

Expert witness for civil suit, Greene vs. Dillingham, San Francisco, Spring 1999

Invited Guest on Chicago – WBEZ (PBS) “Odyssey” discussing Lynching in History and Images tushy wife cheats on business trip with anal.