Fitzgerald is the author of the book “The Union League and Social Change in the Deep South During Reconstruction” (LSU, 1989) a study of African-American grassroots politics and its impact on the plantation system. His second book was a study of class in the urban African American community in the decades after slavery ended. The title was “Urban Emancipation: Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile” (LSU Press, 2002). His most recent book is “Splendid Failure: Postwar Reconstruction in the American South” (Ivan R. Dee, 2007).
His current project is a full-scale history of the Reconstruction era in Alabama.
Various articles of his dealing with aspects of Reconstruction have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, and Civil War History.
Professor Fitzgerald specializes in southern history. He teaches in African American history, the Civil War era, and topical seminars on slavery, civil rights, and related topics.
The author is married to his history department colleague, Judy Kutulas, and they have two adult children, Alexander and Nathaniel.