Joshua Rothman

Joshua Rothman

Joshua Rothman chairs the history department at the University of Alabama, where he is also a professor of history specializing in nineteenth-century America and the history of race and slavery. He is the author of Notorious in the Neighborhood: Sex and Families across the Color Line in Virginia, 1787–1861 (2003); Reforming America, 1815–1860 (2009); and Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson (2012), which won the Gulf South Historical Association's Michael Thomason Book Award and the Southern Historical Association's Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Prize. He is currently writing a book tentatively entitled "The Ledger and the Chain: The Masterminds of America's Domestic Slave Trade."

Twitter: @rothmanistan.


  • A Speculator's Paradise: Market Capitalism and the Expansion of the Slave South
  • Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Slave Insurrection Scare on the Cotton Frontier
  • Race, Slavery, and the Southern Family
  • Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: Is It True? Why Should We Care?

Process: A Blog for American History

Finding Runaway Slaves: Freedom on the Move and the Databasing of Fugitive Slave Advertisements from North American Newspapers

Written with Mary Niall Mitchell and OAH Distinguished Lecturer Edward Baptist