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University of South Alabama

Master's Thesis:  "Pink Sheets and Black Ballots:  Politics and Civil Rights in Mobile, Alabama, 1945-1985," Directed by Clarence L. Mohr  (full text)

Recent Scholarship

Works in Progress

"Mobile and the Boswell Amendment," article to be submitted to Alabama Review.

"Beyond the Aura of Respectability:  The Civil Rights Movement in Mobile, Alabama," article under preparation for Southern Quarterly.  [DRAFT]

"More Than a Street Name:  Memory and the Lynching of Michael Donald," article to be submitted to Southeastern Geographer.  

Transforming the Wiregrass Frontier:  A History of Houston County, Alabama, commissioned manuscript in early stages of research and writing.

Teaching Experience

University of South Alabama

(Adjunct Professor of History)

American History to 1877 (Fall 2010)  (Syllabus)

American History Since 1877 (Fall 2009)  (Syllabus)

Scholarly Publications

"The Legal Battle for Civil Rights Along the Gulf Coast," Introduction to Primary Source Microfilm edition of the Vernon Z. Crawford and Blacksher, Menefee, and Stein Collections, University of South Alabama Archives, 2008.  Co-Authored with Clarence L. Mohr.  (full text)

"'Bad, Bad Dothan!'  The Dothan Riot and Wiregrass Agrarianism," Alabama Review Volume 60, No. 3 (July 2007):  163-185.  (full text)

"Social Activism and Civil Rights on the Gulf Coast," Introduction to Primary Source Microfilm edition of the John L. LeFlore and Non-Partisan Voters League Collections, University of South Alabama Archives, 2007.  (full text)

Other Publications

Dothan and Houston County, Alabama:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow  (Montgomery:  Beers and Associates, 2011)  (Purchase)

"Mobile Remembers September 11, 2001," Mobile Bay Magazine (September 2011):  88-91.  (Online Edition)

"Biographical Stunts are a Disservice to Harper Lee's Legacy," Press-Register, May8, 2011, p. 9E. 

(Online Edition)

"Reflections on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Michael Donald Lynching," Press-Register, March 20, 2011, p. 18A (Online Edition)

"Oversimplifying Mobile's Racial Past," Press-Register, February 13, 2011, p. 16A (Online Edition)

"New 'Huck Finn' Revives Old Argument," Press-Register, January 30, 2011, p. 9E (Online Edition)

"Monumental Point:  Downtown's Unity Point Park Memorializes Two Outspoken Advocates for Civil Rights," Mobile Bay Monthly (June 2010):  96-99.  (Online Edition)

Historic Photos of Mobile (Nashville:  Turner Publishing Company, 2008) Co-authored with Carol Ellis.  (Amazon)

                [Reissued as Remembering Mobile, 2010]

Encyclopedia Articles

"Mobile, Alabama," in, Wanda Rushing, ed., The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 15: Urbanization (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2010):  220-221.

"University of South Alabama," in, Clarence L. Mohr, ed., The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 17: Education  (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2011):  294-297.

"Lynching of Michael Donald," in, Amy Louise Wood, ed., The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 19: Violence (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2011), 223-225

Articles written for the Encyclopedia of Alabama

Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company (ADDSCO)

The Boswell Amendment

Joseph S. Cain

Dothan, Alabama

Joseph N. Langan

John L. LeFlore

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile's Mardi Gras

The Neighborhood Organized Workers of Mobile (NOW)

The Port of Mobile (forthcoming)

The Southern Courier

University of South Alabama

Waterman Steamship Company

Books Reviewed for the Mobile Press-Register

Writing the South Through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography by John C. Inscoe (Oct. 30, 2011)

"Thought-Provoking Titles Accompany September 11th Exhibit at the Museum of Mobile," (September 11, 2011)

Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie by Allen Tullos (July 24, 2011)

The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin by Randall Kenan (April 17, 2011)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama (March 20, 2011)

Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens (December 5, 2010)

Mencken on Mencken: A New Collection of Autobiographical Writings by S.T. Joshi (September 17, 2010)

Long is the Way and Hard: One Hundred Years of the NAACP edited by Kevern Verney (July 16, 2010)

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant (June 13, 2010)

Alabama's Civil Rights Trail by Frye Gaillard (March 28, 2010)

Lewis Hine as a Social Critic by Kate Sampsell-Willmann (February 7, 2010)

Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt by H.K. Jeffries (January 3, 2010)

Heart of a Patriot by Max Cleland (November 1, 2009)

Renegade: The Making of a President by Richard Wolffe (July 25, 2009)

Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye (July 24, 2009)