Thomas C. Holt Biography

Thomas C. Holt earned his PhD from Howard University in 1973 and has taught at Howard University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. His ambition throughout his career has led him from grassroots organizing to a persistent study of freedom, race, and racism in the history of the American South and the Caribbean. Holt's first book Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina during Reconstruction (1977) won the Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association. His book, The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (1992) received national and international acclaim.


A special mission: the story of Freedmen's Hospital, 1862-1962, by Thomas Holt, Cassandra Smith-Parker, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. Washington: Academic Affairs Division, Howard University, 1975.

Black over white: Negro political leadership in South Carolina during Reconstruction, by Thomas Holt. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977.

Thinking historically: narrative, imagination, and understanding, by Tom Holt; Dennie Palmer Wolf, coordinating editor. New York: College Entrance Examination Board, 1990.

The problem of freedom: race, labor, and politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938, by Thomas C. Holt. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.

Beyond slavery: explorations of race, labor, and citizenship in postemancipation societies, by Frederick Cooper, Thomas C. Holt, Rebecca J. Scott. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

The problem of race in the twenty-first century, by Thomas C. Holt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000.

Major problems in African-American history: documents and essays, edited by Thomas C. Holt, Elsa Barkley Brown. 1st ed. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.