I became a historian of the American South by virtue of my graduate training and a student of the Civil Rights Movement out of conviction, because gripping images of the Movement had been such a constant presence on television when I was growing up in the 1950s. The posts listed below trace that journey.
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- Two books I Wish I Had Read While Still Teaching Civil Rights–September 20, 2010.
- Civil Rights–and Wrongs–January 1, 2012.
- Reading the Civil War: “Patriotic Gore”–And More–June 16, 2012.
- Race–and History–Matter–April 1, 2013.
- Teaching History Backwards–October 15, 2013.
- The Changing Face of the South–December 15, 2014.
- The South on the Nation’s Psychiatric Couch, Again–July 12, 2014.
- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Legacy–January 1, 2015.
- “New South”? What “New South”?–January 15, 2015.
- Life in the Segregated South–March 2, 2015.
- The Great Migration–January 1, 2016.
- A Post for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 2016–January 16, 2016.
- Growing Up White in the Jim Crow South–March 1, 2016.
- The Long Arm of Jim Crow Justice–November 1, 2016.
- “Massive Resistance” at Ground Level–December 1, 2016.
- A Post for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 2017–January 3, 2017.
- Anatomy of a Lynching–April 1, 2017.
- A Doomed Fight for Justice in the Jim Crow South–February 1, 2017.
- Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Hillbillies–August 1, 2017.
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For those interested in reading more of my reflections on history, here are links to several books on the subject: