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William J. Cooper, Jr.
William J. Cooper, Jr., is Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of Jefferson Davis, American; The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828–1856; and The Conservative Regime: South Carolina, 1877–1890 and coauthor of The American South: A History. Cooper also has edited three books, including Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand. Cooper lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"Henceforth, anyone seeking guidance through the thickets of antebellum southern politics will turn to Liberty and Slavery."—Reviews in American History
"Superior to most political surveys. And because the thesis is one that serious students of southern history must reckon with, Cooper's book itself stands as an important work in southern history."—Journal of Southern History
"Few scholars can match Cooper's perceptive analysis of antebellum Southern politics."—Civil War Times Illustrated
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