J. William Harris is a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught since 1985. He is the author or editor of seven books focusing on U.S. southern and African American history. Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation (2001) was a cowinner of the OAH James A. Rawley Prize, the winner of the Agricultural History Society's Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Prize, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, The Hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: A Free Black Man's Encounter with Liberty (2009), was named one of the Library Journal's best nonfiction books of the year. He has held Fulbright professorships in Italy and the Netherlands and fellowships at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University and the National Humanities Center. His current project is an interpretive survey of the U.S. South and its literature since the Civil War.