J. Brent Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History, University of South Carolina Beaufort

J. Brent Morris teaches, writes, and lectures on slavery and antislavery in America.  He is Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and Director of the NEH teachers' institute "America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story." He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010, and has been awarded recent grants or fellowships from the Association for Documentary Editing, the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies, the University of South Carolina Institute for African American Research, Cornell University, Oberlin College, the New York Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  His book Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014. He is also the author of Yes Lord I Know the Road: A Documentary History of African Americans in South Carolina, 1526-2008, forthcoming from the University of South Carolina Press.  He is the author of twenty articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries that have appeared in the New York Times, Civil War History, the Journal of African American History, Southern Studies, the South Carolina Historical MagazineThe World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Slavery in the Americas, and Encyclopedia of the Early Republic and Antebellum America.  Brent was the 2010 recipient of the South Carolina Historical Society's Malcolm C. Clark Award, given annually for the best scholarly article appearing in the society's journal.


New from UNC Press!

Announcing $200,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant for summer 2015 institute "America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story"

"The History of the South: Economics, Society, and Culture," and "Slavery in Early America"
University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School Lauder Global Program, June 2014

"Sable Outlaws: The Maroons of the Great Dismal Swamp, 1607-1865," University of South carolina Institute for African American Research, April 2, 2014

Conference Presentation
"To Drink of the Healing Stream: Oberlin College and the Fight to End Slavery and Inequality in Antebellum America," Triangle African American History Colloquium, Feb. 29, 2014

The Great Dismal Swamp Landscape Study group webpage is now live! Click here for more information on my current major project.

"The Life of Planter-Turned Abolitionist William Henry Brisbane," Beaufort County Historical Society, January 16, 2014

2014 Winter lecture Series of the South Carolina Historical Society
"People You Should Know: Remarkable South Carolinians, 1700-1860
January 28, 2014

"The Most Hated Man in the Beaufort District: The Life of Planter-Turned-Abolitionist William Henry Brisbane"
Coastal Discovery Museum,
December 18, 2013

"You Too Can Recite the Gettysburg Address," WNYC/NPR Brian Lehrer Show with film maker Ken Burns, November 12, 2013

"Life in the Swamp," New York Times Opinionator, October 19, 2013

2013 Constitution Day Lecture at USCB
"Slavery, Freedom, and the Constitution that Might Have Been"

"'A Perversion of the Ballot Boxes': South Carolina's 'Dual House' of 1876-1877 and the End of Reconstruction"
History Forum at the
Coastal Discovery Center
Monday May 6, 2013

Conference Presentation
"John Brown's Shadow Army: Harper's Ferry, Southern Paranoia, and Mobilization for Civil War"
2013 Southern American Studies Association Meeting
Charleston, SC

Talk on Lowcountry
planter-turned-abolitionist William Henry Brisbane at Bray's Island Plantation, Beaufort, SC
February 27th at 3:00

The Jubilee Project website is live!  (8/30/2012)
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