Keri Leigh Merritt is a historian of the 19th-century American South. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2014 and works as an independent scholar in Atlanta.
From Pariahs to the Privileged: On Keri Leigh Merritt’s “Masterless Men”
"As poor whites began to enjoy more of the privileges of whiteness, symbols of the slaveholders’ crusade came to represent general whiteness."...