The department congratulates Professor Justin Behrend on the publication of his book, Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War. Focusing on the lives of African-Americans in the Natchez District of Mississippi, Behrend’s work reconstructs the ways that ex-slaves involved themselves in democratic actions in the years after the civil war. Behrend’s book is available from the University of Georgia Press, and more information can be found here.
Justin is Associate Professor of History at the College and has been at Geneseo since 2007. He teaches courses on the Civil War era and African-American history. In 2013, he was honored with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching