K. Stephen Prince
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K. Stephen Prince

K. Stephen Prince is associate professor of history at the University of South Florida. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2010. He is a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth century United States, with an emphasis on the culture, society, and politics of the U.S. South. His book, *Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915*, offers a reconceptualization of the period between the end of the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow segregation, centered on the changing visions of the South at play in U.S. culture. Stories of the South uses sources drawn from the period’s print, visual, and performance culture to analyze the ways in which southern identity was reconfigured in the wake of the Civil War. More than this, it argues for the centrality of southern identity to the rise and fall of racial democracy in the South. The character of the South – as negotiated by northerners and southerners of both races – may well have been the central question of the post-war era. Prince is currently at work on a second monograph, tentatively titled *The Ballad of Robert Charles: Race, Violence, and Memory in the Jim Crow South*. The book will analyze the New Orleans race riot of July 1900. When a black man named Robert Charles killed several white police officers, white residents of New Orleans sought revenge. Over several days of rioting, they killed and injured dozens of African Americans. The riot quickly became a national story, as commentators attempted to shape popular understandings of events in New Orleans. At once a study of the riot and the cultural work that it spawned, the book will be the first scholarly monograph on the 1900 riot to be published in almost four decades. Prince is also the author of a document reader called *Radical Reconstruction: A Brief History with Documents*, to be published by Bedford-St. Martin's as part of the Bedford Series in History and Culture.
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