Biography

I am a lecturer in American History, the director of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies, and the staff representative for the American Studies Student Voice Committee. I received undergraduate, MPhil, and PhD (graduated in 2014) degrees from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Keele in 2016, I held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Leiden University.

Since June 2019, I have served as the Membership Secretary for the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS).  I also organised the February 2020 HOTCUS Winter Symposium on “Food, Health, and Welfare in U.S. History.”

 

Research and scholarship

I am a historian of the nineteenth and twentieth century United States, 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 during a period of social, political, and economic transformation.  My most recent research article, forthcoming in the Journal of Southern History, examines memories of the 1873 Colfax Massacre. 

I’m working on two main research projects at the moment.  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.  The second project looks at southern politics, race relations, and welfare policy between the 1960s and 1980s.  I’m also keen to develop a research network that addresses the connections between race, violence, memory, and tourism.

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

Research Publications

  • "Remembering the Colfax Massacre: Race, Sex, and the Meanings of Reconstruction Violence," Journal of Southern History (forthcoming, 2021).
  • “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, 2019), 53-77.
  • “‘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

  • Participant in “A Discussion on the State and Future of Reconstruction, ANCH Book Reviews,” July 2019, available online at https://bit.ly/2RQZ9SF.
  • 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 20, no. 1 (2019): 79-81.
  • 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 D. Remembering the Colfax Massacre: Race, Sex, and the Meanings of Reconstruction Violence. The Journal of Southern History. full text>
  • Ballantyne D. 2019. Whose Hearth and Home? White Civil War-Era Loyalties in Central Louisiana. In The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries. Sandy L and Molloy M (Eds.). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • 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, 36-67, vol. 63(1). 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. doi> 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, 75-98, vol. 8(1). doi> link>

Full Publications Listshow

Books

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

Journal Articles

  • Ballantyne D. Remembering the Colfax Massacre: Race, Sex, and the Meanings of Reconstruction Violence. The Journal of Southern History. full text>
  • 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, 36-67, vol. 63(1). 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, 75-98, vol. 8(1). doi> link>

Chapters

  • Ballantyne D. 2019. Whose Hearth and Home? White Civil War-Era Loyalties in Central Louisiana. In The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered: Negotiating the Peripheries. Sandy L and Molloy M (Eds.). Abingdon: Routledge.