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Keri Leigh Merritt
Historian, Independent Scholar

Keri Leigh Merritt is an independent scholar and historian. Her research focuses on race, class, labour, law, poverty and power. Her first book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites, Slavery, and Capitalism in the Deep South, will be published by Cambridge University Press next year.

Written by Keri Leigh Merritt