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Alexander Bowen

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Ph.D. Student
Teaching Assistant
William J. Fanning Graduate Fellow

As a native Floridian and Southerner, Alexander Bowen is interested in the correlations between class, race, and memory as Florida’s and the South’s economy evolved after the American Civil War. In particular, Bowen is interested in what influence developments in Florida’s postbellum economy had on Middle Florida’s planter class, how and why the planters participated in the construction of Lost Cause myth, and how this ideology and the planters’ actions impacted Black Floridians, particularly in connection to racial violence in the early 20th century. 

Selected Publications:

"Early Clemson Football: An Expression of Community Identity." The Journal of the South Carolina Historical Society (2022). 

“’Made and Executed by the White Race’: Florida’s Constitution of 1865 and ‘Black Codes.’” The Florida Historical Quarterly 101, no. 1 (Summer 2022.


M.A., Clemson University, History, 2022

B.A., Florida State University, History and Studio Arts, 2019

Of note:

Daniel Hollis Prize, South Carolina Historical Association (2024)

William J. Fanning Graduate Fellowship, The Graduate School, University of Georgia (2023-2024)

Chase Family Travel Grant, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida (2023)

Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award, Willson Center for Humanities & Art, University of Georgia (2023)

Ernest M. Lander, Jr., Award, Department of History & Geography, Clemson University (2022)

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