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Karen L. Cox is an award-winning historian and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her first book, Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture, won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians for the Best Book in Southern Women’s History, and was reissued in 2019 with a new preface. She’s also the author of Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture, and Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South.

She has written op-eds for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, TIME, Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and has given numerous newspaper, radio, and television interviews with media outlets from around the world. Cox appeared in Lucy Worsley’s BBC Production of American History’s Biggest Fibs, the PBS documentary Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, produced by Henry Louis Gates, and The Neutral Ground, a film about Confederate monuments by Director C.J. Hunt.

Her most recent book No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice was published by UNC Press (a Ferris & Ferris Imprint) in April 2021 and won the Michael V.R. Thomason Book Prize for the Best Book on the history of the Gulf South. You can order all of her books from IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or your local bookstore.
Cox is originally from Huntington, West Virginia, a small city in the southwestern part of the state. She’s lived in North Carolina since the age of 12 except for stints in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. Her next book project will examine the Rhythm Club fire of 1940 that occurred in Natchez, Mississippi. It remains the fourth deadliest fire in the history of the U.S. and is the only such tragedy in which all of the victims were African American.