reflections on race, religion, history & social change

December 5, 2019

These days, when policy questions of epochal magnitude face governments everywhere and the constitutional order in a number of countries faces grave crises, my thoughts turn often to Baha'u'llah's counsels to the world's legislators.

In his remarkable Tablet to Queen V...

October 8, 2019

A couple of weeks ago at an interesting forum hosted by the SC Human Affairs Commission and the SC Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation, seated next to the Vice-Chair of the Waccamaw Indian People, an African American state legislator, and an advocate for children...

August 20, 2019

It's the first day of the fall semester at my university, and my thoughts have been turning, as they often do, to the nature and purpose of my work and my attitude towards it. Some years ago I came across this essay, part of a scholarly exchange in the newsletter of th...

May 20, 2019

Check out this interview I did with Baha'i Blog, a great site that provides high-quality, thoughtful content for Baha'is and their friends worldwide, about my new book, A History of the Baha'i Faith in South Carolina, which was just published at the end of February. Th...

November 6, 2018

As a Baha'i, I consider voting in civil elections to be a sacred duty, one part of a life of service aimed at fostering justice, peace, and prosperity for all. 

As a professor of United States history, I am also acutely aware of the long and twisting tale of voting rig...

August 31, 2018

In recent days the sitting governors of South Carolina and Florida have each referred to their political opponents as animals.

It is no coincidence that these same political opponents overwhelmingly represent African Americans.

This would just be more of a tired old stor...

July 11, 2018


I'm not a poet, and I try not to curse quite as much as this guy, but his analysis of whiteness is pretty spot-on.

I've been reflecting for some time on what must take the place of the conception of whiteness that is summarized so cogently in this poem. Does it mea...

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

January 31, 2018

This arrived in the mail yesterday, and after perusing the prologue just now, man oh man, am I looking forward to reading this!

I continue to benefit enormously from Steven Hahn's innovative approach in A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural So...

November 1, 2017

I'm pleased to share that my excellent publisher, the University Press of Florida, is again running a holiday sale on my book, No Jim Crow Church: The Origins of South Carolina's Baha'i Community, and all of its other great titles.

If you haven't gotten your copy yet o...

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