Dr. David Ballantyne

Title: Lecturer in American History
Phone: +44 (0) 782 73 3449
Email: d.t.ballantyne@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB1.049
Role: Lecturer
Contacting me: e-mail

I am currently a lecturer in American History, the interim director of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies, and the staff representative for the American Studies Student Staff Voice Committee.  I received my PhD (2014) from the University of Cambridge.  Before coming to Keele in 2016, I held a held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Leiden University, where I worked on a project examining Louisiana during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

I focus on nineteenth and twentieth century United States history, with a particular emphasis on the American South, politics, race relations, social policy, and memory.  My first book, New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era (University of South Carolina Press, 2016) probed South Carolina Democrat Ernest F. Hollings’s negotiation of southern politics from the 1950s through the 1970s, a period of remarkable regional political, economic, and economic transformation. 

I am currently pursuing two research projects.  The first, a study of central Louisiana between roughly 1860 and 1880, scrutinises the transition between the region’s wartime experience and Reconstruction, and the extent and viability of black political and economic advances in the rural Deep South.  My other project examines the behaviour of moderate southern politicians from the 1960s to the 1980s, with a closer focus on social welfare policy.

I am especially interested in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students on topics relating to politics, race relations, welfare, or memory from the Civil War era onwards.

Research Publications

  • (Forthcoming) “Whose Hearth and Home?  White Civil War-Era Loyalties in Central Louisiana,” book chapter in Laura Sandy and Marie Molloy (eds), Negotiating the Peripheries: The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered (London: Routledge).
  • “‘Whenever the Yankees were gone, I was a confederate’: Loyalty and dissent in Civil War era Rapides Parish, Louisiana,” Civil War History 63, no. 1 (2017): 36-67.
  • New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2016). 
  •  “‘A public problem… rather than a question of social welfare’: Ernest F. Hollings and the politics of hunger,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 8, no. 1 (2015): 75-98.  Available online at DOI: 10.1080/17541328.2015.1033834
  • “Managing the backlash: Senator Ernest F. ‘Fritz’ Hollings and the Marshall and Fortas Supreme Court nominations,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (2013): 19-28. 

 

Book Reviews

  • (Forthcoming) Review of Carole Emberton and Bruce E. Baker (eds.) Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles over the Meaning of America’s Most Turbulent Era.  In American Nineteenth Century History.
  • Review of Russell Brooker, The American Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1950: Black Agency and People of Good Will.  In Journal of Southern History 84, no. 3 (2018): 771-773.
  • Review of Frederickson, Kari A., Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in the American South. H-USA, H-Net Reviews. October, 2015, available online at http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=41854.
  • Review of Wheeler, Jan Bates, A Campaign of Quiet Persuasion: How the College Board Desegregated SAT® Test Centers in the Deep South, 1960-1965. H-USA, H-Net Reviews. November, 2014, available online at http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=41853.

Selected Publications

  • Ballantyne DT. 2017. 'Whenever the Yankees were gone, I was a confederate': Loyalty and dissent in Civil War era Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Civil War history, vol. 63(1), 36-67. link> full text>
  • Ballantyne DT. 2016. New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era. University of South Carolina Press.
  • Ballantyne DT. 'A public problem...rather than a question of social welfare': Ernest F. Hollings and the politics of hunger. Sixties, The, vol. 8(1), 75-98. doi> link>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Ballantyne DT. 2016. New Politics in the Old South: Ernest F. Hollings in the Civil Rights Era. University of South Carolina Press.

Journal Articles

  • Ballantyne DT. 2017. 'Whenever the Yankees were gone, I was a confederate': Loyalty and dissent in Civil War era Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Civil War history, vol. 63(1), 36-67. link> full text>
  • Ballantyne DT. 'A public problem...rather than a question of social welfare': Ernest F. Hollings and the politics of hunger. Sixties, The, vol. 8(1), 75-98. doi> link>