Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Kevin Kokomoor is a native Floridian, who earned his degrees in Florida and has been teaching at Coastal Carolina University since 2013. He is an Early Americanist and an Ethnohistorian, whose primary research focuses on the Southeast and the Native Southeast, the Early Republican and Federalist Eras, and ideas of frontiers and borderlands.
Kevin’s first book, recently published by the University of Nebraska Press, is a political history of the Creek people of modern-day Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. It first describes the confrontational nature of Creek and Georgia coexistence, which ultimately led to the collapse of Creek political traditions during and after the American Revolution and, consequently, to widespread violence in the region. The book then follows the various attempts Creeks made to rebuild their political traditions around contemporary Euro-American ideas of nation-states as the best means to protect both their sovereignty and their ancestral lands. Ultimately that effort failed, but only because Americans, who were rapidly expanding west onto Creek lands, were not interested in its success. The result was the Red Stick War, viewed in the book as a civil war that pitted pro-state forces against an anti-state insurgency that sought to reject the new Creek Nation and return the Creek people to older cultural and political traditions. The Red Stick War devastated all Creeks, opening the door for Americans to seize much of what remained of Creek Country and ultimately ushering in for the Creek people the beginning of the Removal Era.
Kevin has spent the last two summers on fellowship researching a second book-length project, which investigates the duality of law and justice on the southern frontier. It examines how very different Euro-American and Native peoples, and their concepts of justice, warfare, treaty-making, etc., coexisted on the frontier; how the two groups were seen by the other; and how their conflicting views either led to cooperation or conflict. In addition to that work, Kevin continues to research in the related field of Spanish colonialism in early America, and has also published on environmental and sport history, focusing on sport fishing culture and the on-shore development of South Florida.
Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., University of South Florida
B.A., University of South Florida
Early and Modern US history, the US and the World, Atlantic World, the Frontier, Colonial America, Native America
Native American History, Ethnohistory, the Native American Southeast, the Southeast, Frontiers and Borderlands, Early America, the Revolutionary Era, and Environmental History
- "Of One Mind and of One Government:" The Rise and Fall of the Creek Nation in the Early Republic (University of Nebraska Press, 2019)
- "Creeks, Federalists, and the Idea of Coexistence in the Early Republic," The Journal of Southern History 81 (November 2015)
- "'Burning and Destroying all Before them': Creeks and Seminoles on Georgia's Revolutionary Frontier," The Georgia Historical Quarterly 98 (2014). Winner of the 2014 E. Merton Coulter Award, Georgia Historical Society
- "A Re-assessment of Seminoles, Africans, and Slavery on the Florida Frontier," The Florida Historical Quarterly 88 (Fall 2009). Winner of the 2009 Arthur W. Thompson Award, Florida Historical Society
Grants and Fellowships
- American Philosophical Society Philips Fund Grant, December 2018
- David Library of the American Revolution Fellow, July 2018
- Howard K. Peckham Fellowship in Revolutionary America, July-August 2017
- Emory University MARBL Grant, 2012
- American Philosophical Society Library Resident Grant, 2012
- Florida State University Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship, 2012