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Treasured Past, Golden Future: The Centennial History of the University of Southern Mississippi

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A celebration of a Deep South institution that has prospered and grown
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  • ISBN-13: 9781604734638
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 955,743
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chester M. Morgan is University Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of Redneck Liberal: Theodore G. Bilbo and the New Deal; Dearly Bought, Deeply Treasured: The University of Southern Mississippi, 1912-1987 (University Press of Mississippi); and A Priceless Heritage: A History of the Mississippi Power Company (with Donald Dana).

Martha Dunagin Saunders is the president of the University of Southern Mississippi.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Read it and you'll Reminisce

    With "Treasured Past, Golden Future, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1910-2010", Chester M. Morgan, an already-recognized and accomplished historian and author, has hit a homerun with this massive volume describing his alma mater's first 100 years. This officially authorized "Centennial" history of The University of Southern Mississippi is filled with documented stories of the hardships and accomplishments, political medaling and in-house fighting that accompanied this university's growth from a controversally founded teachers college in 1910 to the comprehensive research and teaching university it is today. In this book, Morgan manages to hit on and even explore virtually every significant event or person, academic and athletic, in this university's history. Telling how the first three presidents were fired, from Joe Cook to Martha Saunders, Morgan pulls no punches in documenting both the attributes and the shortcomings, the accomplishments and the failings of each of its nine presidents over 100 years. Addressing academics and athletics, the book includes hundreds of pictures covering its 100 years and includes an index of over 1400 people and subjects. Ranging from the legislative fight over its founding in 1910 to the issues over racial integration in the 50's and 60's, the book addresses every significant event or controversy in the university's history. Your memory will be stoked when you read the names of friends, acquaintances and and occurrences at USM over the last 100 years. (Unlike this writer, you may even find your own name referencing some serious or prankish historical contribution you made to the university's legacy.) Whether you're an alumnus, former employee, friend, fan or historian, you'll find that the quality of this book more than makes up for its inconvenient bulk which requires most people to rest it on a desk while reading. (The book is 12 inches wide and 9 inches high, hard backed, printed on glossy paper and weighs over four pounds.) In this book, the third history of this university, (The first was by Alma Hickman in 1954 and the second by Morgan in 1987.) Morgan touches on more subjects in detail and displays more documented pictures and other evidence than one would believe possible in covering such a broad history. He has also created a model for histories of institutions.

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