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Mark A. Johnson

Lecturer, Visiting

I am a historian of the United States with an emphasis on race and politics in the post-Reconstruction South. At the University of Alabama, I wrote my dissertation on political spectacles in the New South with a focus on black participation at these events. Although African Americans could rarely vote, they shaped the public sphere by performing at political spectacles in support or in opposition to white candidates. I have published portions of my dissertation as articles in Southern Cultures and Louisiana History.

In addition to turning my dissertation into a book, I am writing A History of Alabama Barbecue: From White Sauce to Wood Pit with The History Press, due for release in Summer 2017. I came to this project because of my work with the Southern Foodways Alliance. With their cooperation, I wrote “Pork Ribs and Politics: The Origins of Alabama Barbecue,” which serves as the basis for the book-length project.