Department of History
Executive Director, The National Center for the Urban Community
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118


University of Maryland, 1963-1967, B. A. in history
Yale University, 1967-1970, M. Phil. in American history
Yale University, 1970-1976, Ph.D., the American Civil War and Reconstruction


1975-1977 Assistant Editor, the Frederick Douglass Papers, Yale University
1977-1978 Associate Editor, the Frederick Douglass Papers, Yale University
1976-1978 Lecturer, Yale University
1978-1980 Assistant Professor of History, Tulane University
1980-1998 Associate Professor of History, Tulane University
1998- Professor of History, Tulane University
1998- Director, Tulane/Xavier Campus Affiliates Program
2000- Executive Director, The National Center for the Urban Community



  1. Co-editor, The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews. Volume One: 1841-1846 (Yale University Press, 1979).
  2. New Masters: Northern Planters During the Civil War and Reconstruction (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980, 1999).
  3. Frederick Law Olmsted, The Cotton Kingdom (1861). Edited and with an intro. by Lawrence N. Powell. (Random House, 1984).
  4. Co-Editor, The Encyclopedia of the Confederacy. 4 Volumes. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993).
  5. with Philip Gould, Louisiana's Capitols: The Power and the Beauty (Lafayette: Galerie Press, 1995)
  6. Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2000)
  7. Editor, Reconstructing Louisiana: Volume VI: Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History (Lafayette: USL Press, forthcoming [ca. 2002])


  1. "Rejected Republican Incumbents in the 1866 Congressional Nominating Conventions: A Study in Reconstruction Politics," in Civil War History, 19 (Sept. 1973)
  2. Reprinted in Robert P. Swierenga, ed., Beyond the Civil War Synthesis (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1975) and Joel H.Silbey, ed., The Congress of the United States (New York: Carlson Publishing, 1991).
  3. "The American Land Company and Agency: John A. Andrew and the Northernization of the South," Civil War History XXII (December, 1975).
  4. "Politics of Livelihood: Carpetbaggers in the Deep South," in Morgan Kousser and James McPherson, eds., Race, Region, and Reconstruction: Essays in Honor of C. Vann Woodward (New York: Oxford University Press, 1982).
  5. Reprinted in Michael Perman, ed., Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction (D.C. Heath & Co.: Lexington, MA, 1991)
  6. With Michael S. Wayne, "Self-Interest and the Decline of Confederate Nationalism," in Harry P. Owens and James J. Cooke, eds., The Old South In The Crucible Of War (Jackson, MS.: University Press of Mississippi, 1983).
  7. Introduction to Frederick Law Olmsted, The Cotton Kingdom (1861 [1984]).
  8. "The Prussians are Coming: Review Essay," Georgia Historical Quarterly, 72 (Winter l987)
  9. "Correcting for Fraud: The Mississippi Ratification Election of l868," Journal of Southern History 65 (Nov. l989)
  10. "A Concrete Symbol," Southern Exposure (Winter l990)
  11. "Read My Liposuction," The New Republic (Oct. l5, l990)
  12. "Slouching toward Baton Rouge: The Legislative Election of David Duke," Douglas Rose, ed., David Duke: Action and Reaction (University of North Carolina Press, 1992)
  13. Essays on Benjamin Butler, Thomas O. Moore, Thomas J. Semmes, New Orleans, and Louisiana, in the Encylcopedia of the Confederacy (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993)
  14. "Capitol Wanderings," in Louisiana Life (Summer, 1995), 40-6.
  15. "On Capitol Grounds," in Louisiana Cultural Vistas (Summer, 1995), 8-19, 38.
  16. "Background to the Holocaust," in ibid., 21-2.
  17. "Louisiana's Carnival Politics," in Reckon: The Magazine of Southern Culture (Fall, 1995), 58-61.
  18. Essays on Charles Sumner and John A. Andrew in the Bibilographical Dictionary of the Union (forthcoming)
  19. "When Hate Came to Town," American Jewish History, Volume 85, Number 4 (December 1997), 393-419.
  20. "Reinventing Tradition: Liberty Place, Historical Memory, and Silk-Stocking Vigilantism in New Orleans Politics," Slavery & Abolition, 20: 1 (1999)
  21. "Huey Long," in the Violence in America: An Encyclopedia, Ronald Gottesman, ed.(New York : Scribner, 1999)
  22. "C. Vann Woodward, 1908-1999," Journal of Southern History 76 (May 2000)


Eggleston Prize in American History, Yale University (1976)
Tulane University Council on Research Summer Grant (1980)
Tulane Associated Student Body Award for Teaching Excellence (1981)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1982) -- declined
Governor's Award, Yale University Press (1982)
Honors Program Professor of the Year (1984-85)
Hackney Award -- Tulane Professor of the Year (1984-85)
Tulane University Council on Research Summer Grant (1993)
Leo Wasserman Prize for best article in American Jewish History--1997-98
Encylclopedia of the Confederacy Prizes:
Lewis Wasserman Prize for best article in American Jewish History, 1997
"George Washington Lucas Community Service Award"-NAACP New Orleans Branch
"Louisiana Humanist of the Year for 1999"-Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Lillian Smith Book Prize, Southern Regional Council, 2000
The Kemper and Leila Williams Book Prize from the Louisiana Historical Association for 2000
Booklist "Ten Best Books on the Holocaust for 2000"
Finalist, National Jewish Book Award, 2000.



I have published reviews in the American Historical Review; the Journal of American History; the Journal of Southern History; Civil War History; The Historian; Louisiana History; Florida Historical Quarterly; Georgia Historical Quarterly; the Journal of Economic History; Slavery & Abolition; Gulf Coast Historical Review; The Progressive; the Nation, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.








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