Edward E. Baptist

Edward E. Baptist

Edward E. Baptist is a professor of history at Cornell University, where he also serves as House Professor-Dean of the Carl Becker House. He teaches about the history of slavery, the U.S. Civil War, American capitalism, and digital history and offers a service-learning course that brings American students to work in the schools of rural Jamaica. He is the author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014), which won the OAH Avery O. Craven Award, and Creating an Old South: Middle Florida’s Plantation Frontier before the Civil War (2002). He is a coeditor, with the late Stephanie Camp, of New Studies in the History of American Slavery (2006) and, with Louis Hyman, of American Capitalism: A Reader (e-book edition 2014, paperback 2017). He is also leading a project called Freedom on the Move, a collaborative effort in digital history, with grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, that is building a crowd-sourced database of fugitive slave ads.


  • Finding the Origins of American Capitalism in the Archives of Southern Slavery
  • From Richmond to New Orleans and Everywhere In Between: Have You Noticed That There Is No National Slave Trade Trail?
  • The Second American Republic: The Morrill Act and Land Grant Colleges

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 Joshua Rothman