Joshua D. Rothman is the author of The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, the harrowing forgotten story of America’s internal slave trade. Widely hailed, it was described as “a stunning, unsettling account of a guilt shared more widely and more enthusiastically than many Americans like to think,” by the Christian Science Monitor.
Josh is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Alabama, He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, book reviews, and review essays, as well as of two previous prizewinning books.
He is also the author of Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson, published by the University of Georgia Press and the winner of both the Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award from the Gulf South Historical Association and the Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award from the Southern Historical Association for the best book in southern history.