OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Daryl Michael Scott

Portrait of Daryl Michael Scott

Daryl Michael Scott is a historian of black-white relations in America since the Civil War, southern history, and African American history. A professor of history at Howard University, he is also the author of Contempt and Pity: Social Policy and the Image of the Damaged Black Psyche, 1880–1996 (1997). He is currently researching a work that reexamines white supremacy and Jim Crow entitled “The Lost World of White Nationalism in the American South,” and is also preparing a collection of essays on the sui generis treatment of nationalism in American historiography.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

The lecture makes the case that when slavery is viewed as involuntary servitude, the Thirteenth Amendment neither originated nor perpetuated slavery as punishment for crime in American history, as recent literature in American Studies suggests.
The lecture makes the case that white supremacy was a white nationalist ideology in the South from the origins of the United States until 1965. It takes issue with most of the tendency to view America as lacking a nationalism, especially one based on white belonging, revealing how federalism allowed Southerners (a white ethnic group) to govern themselves and all who lived in what they considered to be there homeland.