Department of History

Kathryn H. Braund

Kathryn H. Braund Hollifield Professor of Southern History
308A Thach Hall
(334) 844-6649
braunkh@auburn.edu
Personal web site

Office Hours

  • By appointment

Profile

Kathryn H. Braund (Hollifield Professor of Southern History) was educated at Auburn University (M.A., 1980) and Florida State University (Ph.D., 1986). Her research focuses on the ethnohistory of the Creek and Seminole Indians in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century with a particular emphasis on early trade and exploration and the environment of the Deep South Interior.  She favors a multi-disciplinary approach, employing the methods and tools of history, anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, and literary analysis. Major themes in her published works include economic interaction and trade, race and ethnicity, travel and scientific description of the landscape, conceptualization of geographical boundaries, and evolving ideas about personal and national identity. She is currently writing a history of the Creek War of 1813-1814. She is past president of the Alabama Historical Association, the Bartram Trail Conference, and the Friends of Horseshoe Bend.

Education

1986 Ph.D. Florida State University

1980 M.A. Auburn University

Representative Publications

Books:

The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide, co-authored with Gregory A. Waselkov and Raven Christopher (University of Alabama Press, 2019).

Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and War of 1812, ed. Kathryn E. Holland Braund (University of Alabama Press, 2012)

Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, eds. Kathryn E. Holland Braund and Charlotte M. Porter (University of Alabama Press, 2010)

Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indians, Anglo-Americans and the Deerskin Trade, 1685-1815, revised edition with a new introduction (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)

James Adair's History of the American Indians, ed. Kathryn E. Holland Braund with introductory essays and annotations (University of Alabama Press, 2005)

A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida, by Bernard Romans, ed. Kathryn E. Holland Braund with introductory essays and annotations (University of Alabama Press, 1999)

William Bartram on the Southeastern Indians, by Kathryn Braund and Gregory A. Waselkov, Indians of the Southeast series (University of Nebraska Press, 1995)

Deerskins and Duffels: The Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815, Indians of the Southeast series. (University of Nebraska Press, 1993 [hard cover] and 1996 [paper edition])

Articles:

"Jacksa Chula Harjo (Old Mad Jackson): The View from Creek Country." In Andrew Jackson in Florida History, 1812-1821: His Impact and Legacies, edited by Sherry Johnson and James G. Cusick. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2016.

"A Southern Portrait by Another Kind of Artist." American Nineteenth Century History 17(2016):235-239.

"A Journal of John Forbes, Part 2: The Continuation of a Journal of Talks with the Four Nations Assembled at Hickory Ground, May & June 1803." Author of Introduction and Co-editor. Florida Historical Quarterly 94 (Winter 2016):509-523.

"Resolved Not to Yield": Tohopeka Two Hundred Years On.” Alabama Review 67 (July 2014): 211-218.

"American Indians and the War of 1812." In The War of 1812: Official National Park Service Handbook, 38-51. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2013. 

“Red Sticks,” in Tohopeka: Rethinking the Creek War and War of 1812, ed. Kathryn E. Holland Braund (University of Alabama Press, 2012), 84-104.

“Reflections on ‘Shee Coocys’ and the Motherless Child: Creek Women in a Time of War,” Alabama Review 64 (October 2011): 255-84.

“William Bartram’s Gustatory Tour,” in Fields of Vision: Essays on the Travels of William Bartram, eds. Kathryn E. Holland Braund and Charlotte M. Porter (University of Alabama Press, 2010), 33-53.

“The Real Worlds of William Bartram’s Travels,” in Bartram’s Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South, ed. Dorinda G. Dallmeyer (Mercer University Press, 2010).

“William Bartram’s Indian Manuscripts,” in William Bartram: The Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters, and Unpublished Writings, eds. Thomas Hallock and Nancy Hoffmann (University of Georgia Press, 2010).

“‘Like to Have Made a War among Ourselves’: The Creek Indians and the Coming of the War of the Revolution,” in Nexus of Empire: Loyalty and National Identity in the Gulf Borderlands, 1763-1821, eds. Gene A. Smith and Sylvia L. Hilton (University of Florida Press, 2010) 39-62.

“The De Soto Map and the Luna Narratives: An Overview of Other Sixteenth-Century Sources,” and “The Battle of Mabila: Competing Narratives,” in The Search for Mabila: The Decisive Battle between Hernando de Soto and Chief Tascalusa, ed. Vernon J, Knight (University of Alabama Press, 2009) 45-63 & 182-191.

“The Congress Held in a Pavilion: John Bartram and the Creek Indian Congress at Picolata, East Florida,” in America’s Curious Botanist: A Tercentennial Reappraisal of John Bartram, 1699-1777, eds. Nancy Hoffmann and John C. Van Horne, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 243 (APS, 2004).

“‘Like a Stone Wall Never to be Broke’: the British-Indian Boundary Line with the Creek Indians, 1763-1773,” in Britain and the American South: Encounters and Exchanges from Colonial Times to Rock ‘N’ Roll, ed. Joseph Ward (University of Mississippi Press, 2003).

“The Creek Indians, Blacks, and Slavery,” Journal of Southern History 57 (November 1991): 601-636.

“Guardians of Tradition and Handmaidens to Change: Women’s Roles in Creek Economic and Social Life during the Eighteenth Century,” American Indian Quarterly 14 (Summer 1990): 239-258.

“‘Hog Wild and ‘Nuts’: Billy Boll Weevil Comes to the Alabama Wiregrass,” Agricultural History 63 (Summer 1989): 15-39.

“The Anglo-Spanish Contest for the Gulf Coast as Viewed from the Townsquare,” in Anglo-Spanish Confrontation on the Gulf Coast During the American Revolution, eds. William S. Coker and Robert R. Rea (University Presses of Florida, 1982), 90-105.

Classes Taught

World History I

History of the Southeastern Indians

American Colonial History

History of the American Revolution, 1763-1800

Historical Methods

Senior Thesis

Seminar in American Colonial History

Seminary in the History of the American Revolutionary Era

Last Updated: August 15, 2019