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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christopher Waldrep  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

-- Website -- http://BSS.SFSU.EDU/WALDREP
-- Christopher Waldrep on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

* Resided in McDonough and Coles Counties

Biographical and Professional Information

Christopher Waldrep was a professor of history at Eastern Illinois University. Currently he is Professor of History and Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Chair in American History at San Francisco State University.

Published Works

  • Night Riders Defending Community in the Black Patch, Duke University Press, 1993
  • Roots of Disorder: Race and Criminal Justice in the American South, 1817-80, University of Illinois Press, 1998
  • The Many Faces of Judge Lynch Extra Legal Violence and Punishment in America, Palgrane Macmillan, 2002
  • Vicksburg's Long Shadow: The Civil War Legacy of Race and Remembrance, Rowman & Littlefirld, Inc., 2005
  • Lynching in America, A History in Documents, NYU Press, 2006
  • Jury Discrimination: The Supreme Court, Public Opinion, and a Grassroots Fight for Racial Equality in Mississippi, University of Georgia Press, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Night riders :
ISBN: 0822313596. OCLC Number:

Duke University Press,. Durham :. 1993.

In the late nineteenth century, industrialization was making its way into rural America. In an agricultural region of Kentucky and Tennessee called the Black Patch for the dark tobacco grown there, big business arrived with a vengeance, eliminating competition, manipulating prices, and undermining local control. The farmers fought back. Night Riders tells the story of the struggle that followed, and reveals the ambiguities and complexities of a drama that convulsed this community for over two decades.Christopher Waldrep shows that, contrary to many accounts, these wealthy tobacco planters did not resist these new forces simply because of a nostalgia for a bygone time. Instead, many sought to become modern capitalists themselves--but on their own terms. The South's rural elite found their ability to hire and control black labor--the established racial practice of the community--threatened by the low prices offered by big companies for their raw materials. In response, farmers organized and demanded better prices for their tobacco. The tobacco companies then attempted to divide the farmers by offering higher prices to those willing to break with the others. When some cultivators succumbed, their betrayal awakened a deeply rooted vigilante tradition that called for the protection of community at all costs. Waldrep analyzes the spasm of violence that ensued in which horsemen, riding at night, destroyed tobacco barns and the warehouses where the companies stored their tobacco. But despite this fierce upheaval, the Black Patch community endured.The most thorough treatment ever given to the Black Patch war, Night Riders illuminates a moment in history in which the traditional and the modern, the rural and the industrial, fought for the future--and past--of a community.

Roots of disorder :
ISBN: 0252024257. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1998.

The many faces of Judge Lynch :
ISBN: 1403967113. OCLC Number:

Palgrave Macmillan,. New York :. 2004.

Vicksburg's long shadow :
ISBN: 0742548686. OCLC Number:

Rowman & Littlefield,. Lanham, MD :. 2005.

During the hottest days of the summer of 1863, while the nation's attention was focused on the small town of Gettysburg, another momentous battle was being fought along the banks of the Mississippi. In the longest single campaign of the war, the siege of Vicksburg left 19,000 dead and wounded on both sides, gave the Union Army control of the Mississippi, and left the Confederacy cut in half. Christopher Waldrep takes a fresh look at how the Vicksburg campaign was fought and remembered.

Lynching in America :
ISBN: 0814793991. OCLC Number:

New York University Press,. New York :. ©2006.

Jury discrimination :
ISBN: 0820330027. OCLC Number:

University of Georgia Press,. Athens, Ga :. 2010.



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