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Harry L. Watson

Harry L. WatsonA native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Harry L. Watson is the Atlanta Distinguished Professor in Southern Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1976. His writes and teaches on the antebellum South, the early American republic, and the state of North Carolina. Watson has written four books, including Liberty and Power: The Politics of Jacksonian America (1990, revised edition 2006) and Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay: Democracy and Development in Antebellum America (1997), and has coedited three collections of essays. He directed the university’s Center for the Study of the American South from 1999 to 2012 and coedits its quarterly journal, Southern Cultures. He has also been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and has served as the president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

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