Michael Perman teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate
levels on American history in particular the American South, the Civil
War and Reconstruction, slavery and race relations, and citizenship
and immigration policy.
He has published three books based on archival research. Two of them
covered politics in the Reconstruction South. Reunion Without
Compromise: The South and Reconstruction, 1865-1868 (Cambridge
University Press, 1973) explained the former Confederates' response to
the federal government's terms for their readmission to the Union,
while The Road to Redemption: Southern Politics, 1869-1879 (University of North Carolina Press, 1984) investigated the political
system established in the South under Reconstruction, showing how it
operated and how it was later overthrown. The third, Struggle for
Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908 (University of
North Carolina Press, 2001), examined the movement undertaken by the
southern Democrats around 1900 to disfranchise almost all black voters
and a large number of whites and thereby create the "Solid South."
A brief overview of post-Civil War America called Emancipation
and Reconstruction , a volume in the American History Series, appeared
in a second edition (Harlan Davidson, 2003). And Pursuit of Unity: A
Political History of the American South (University of North Carolina
Press, 2009) was published just recently.
He has also published several anthologies and readers in American
history: Perspectives on the American Past: Readings and Commentary in two volumes (two editions: 1989, 1995); The Coming of the American
Civil War (third edition, 1993), and Major Problems in the Civil War
and Reconstruction (two editions: 1991, 1998, 2011).