Keri Leigh Merritt

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Keri Leigh Merritt works as an independent scholar in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to Masterless Men, she is also co-editor with Matthew Hild of Reviving Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power.

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Keri Leigh Merritt works as an independent scholar in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to Masterless Men, she is also co-editor with Matthew Hild of Reviving Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (forthcoming), and is currently conducting research for books on radical black resistance during Reconstruction, and on the role of sheriffs and police in the nineteenth century South.


Poor Whites and the Labor Crisis in the Slave South

by on July 17, 2017

While studies on southern slaveholders, yeomen, and even the enslaved abound, relatively little has been written about the Deep South’s white working-class. My new book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South, seeks to illuminate the lives of about one-third of the cotton belt’s whites, who owned neither land nor slaves.

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