History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie

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History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie

Scholarship, Activism, and Wayne Flynt in the Modern South

By Gordon E. Harvey (Editor); Bailey Thompson (Contribution by); Richard D. Starnes (Contribution by)

University Alabama Press, Paperback, 9780817353209, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

Social and political history of the modern South. This collection of essays on the social and political history of the modern South consider the region's poor, racial mores and race relations, economic opportunity, Protestant activism, political coalitions and interest groups, social justice, and progressive reform.History and Hope in the Heart of Dixie illuminates the dual role of historian and public advocate in modern America. In a time when the nation's eyes have been focused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita onto the vulnerability and dire condition of poor people in the South, the applicability of research, teaching, and activism for this voiceless element seems all the more relevant.Responding to the example of Wayne Flynt, whose fierce devotion to his state of Alabama and its region has not blinded his recognition of the inequities and despair that define southern life for so many, the scholars assembled in this work present contributions to the themes Flynt so passionately explored in his own work.Two seasoned observers of southern history and culture John Shelton Reed and Dan T. Carter offer assessments of Flynt's influence on the history profession as a whole and on the region of the South in particular.

About the Author
Gordon Earl Harvey is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and author of A Question of Justice: New South Governors and Education, 1968 1976. Richard D. Starnes is Assistant Professor of History at Western Carolina University and author of Creating the Land of the Sky: Tourism and Society in Western North Carolina. Glenn Feldman is Associate Professor in the Center for Labor Education and Research at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and author of Politics, Society, and the Klan in Alabama, 1915 1949."