Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture
568 Hamilton Hall
919-962-0977
hwatson@email.unc.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education

AB Brown University, 1971
PhD Northwestern University, 1976

Research Interests

Harry Watson’s research interests lie in the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States between the Revolution and the Civil War, with special attention to the antebellum South and Jacksonian America. His work has explored the intersection of social, economic, and political change in this period, the formation of political parties, the influence of market development on political mobilization, reform movements, uses of the environment, and the relationship between race and class under slavery. He directed the UNC Center for the Study of the American South from 1999 to 2012, and has edited its quarterly journal, Southern Cultures, since 1993. He served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2010–2011. With Professor Jane Dailey of the University of Chicago, he is currently completing a college textbook history of the United States.

Some Notable Publications

  • “The Man with the Dirty Black Beard: Race, Class, and Schools in the Antebellum South,” Journal of the Early Republic 32, 1 (Spring 2012), 1–26
  • Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America. 2nd rev. ed., with new Preface and Afterword (Hill & Wang, Inc., 2006)
  • “The Common Rights of Mankind: Subsistence, Shad, and Commerce in the Early Republican South,” The Journal of American History, vol. 83, no. 1 (June 1996), 13–43
  • An Independent People: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1770–1820 (University of North Carolina Press, 1983)
  • Jacksonian Politics and Community Conflict: The Emergence of the Second American Party System in Cumberland County, North Carolina (Louisiana State University Press, 1981)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 127—United States History to 1865
  • HIST 366—North Carolina History to 1865
  • HIST 398—Before the War: Exploring the Antebellum American South
  • HIST 563—Jacksonian America, 1815–1848
  • HIST 586—The Old South
  • HIST 727—Introductory Colloquium in United States History, 1788 to 1900
  • HIST 835—Readings in the Antebellum South