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Shapers of Southern History: Autobiographical Reflections by John Boles, Anne Scott, Anthony Badger, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Bill Malone, Charles Joyner, Dan Carter, Darlene Hine, Drew Faust, Edward Ayers, Jack Greene, John Franklin, Orville Burton, Pete Daniel, Peter Wood, Suzanne Lebsock pdf epub fb2

Shapers of Southern History: Autobiographical Reflections Author: John Boles, Anne Scott, Anthony Badger, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Bill Malone, Charles Joyner, Dan Carter, Darlene Hine, Drew Faust, Edward Ayers, Jack Greene, John Franklin, Orville Burton, Pete Daniel, Peter Wood, Suzanne Lebsock
Title: Shapers of Southern History: Autobiographical Reflections
ISBN: 0820324744
ISBN13: 978-0820324746
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Pages: 360 pages
Publisher: University of Georgia Press (November 3, 2004)
Language: English
Category: History
Size PDF version: 1603 kb
Size EPUB version: 1677 kb
Subcategory: Americas




This volume gathers personal recollections by fifteen eminent historians of the American South. Coming from distinctive backgrounds, traveling diverse career paths, and practicing different kinds of history, the contributors exemplify the field's richness on many levels. As they reflect on why they joined the profession and chose their particular research specialties, these historians write eloquently of family and upbringing, teachers and mentors, defining events and serendipitous opportunities.

The struggle for civil rights was the defining experience for several contributors. Peter H. Wood remembers how black fans of the St. Louis Cardinals erupted in applause for the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson. "I realized for the first time," writes Wood, "that there must be something even bigger than hometown loyalties dividing Americans." Gender equality is another frequent concern in the essays. Anne Firor Scott tells of her advisor's ridicule when childbirth twice delayed Scott's dissertation: "With great effort I managed to write two chapters, but Professor Handlin was moved to inquire whether I planned to have a baby every chapter." Yet another prominent theme is the reconciliation of the professional and the personal, as when Bill C. Malone traces his scholarly interests back to "the memories of growing up poor on an East Texas cotton farm and finding escape and diversion in the sounds of hillbilly music."

Always candid and often witty, each essay is a road map through the intellectual terrain of southern history as practiced during the last half of the twentieth century.