The essays are engaging for their personal tones as well as how the work of any historian is prompted and molded by his or her penchants, experiences, and mentors and associates. . . . The varied personal paths into the discipline evidence why history is so informative and germane. It is because identity and memories are bound into it that it is able to speak about human affairs.
The Grave Doug Freshleyby Josh Hechinger, mpMann (Illustrator)
Douglas Freshley, a former schoolmaster, is hired by his longtime friend, Shane McNally, to tutor their rambunctious son, Bat. But when the Delancey gang raids the McNally ranch, killing all the adults, it's up to the corpse of Doug to rise up, protect Bat, and exact some good ol' frontier justice! Little does he know, however, that he's being stalked by the
Douglas Freshley, a former schoolmaster, is hired by his longtime friend, Shane McNally, to tutor their rambunctious son, Bat. But when the Delancey gang raids the McNally ranch, killing all the adults, it's up to the corpse of Doug to rise up, protect Bat, and exact some good ol' frontier justice! Little does he know, however, that he's being stalked by the Deadliest Gun in the West (or anywhere) — the Grim Reaper, himself!
No historian of the South matches John Boles’s capacity to persuade scholarly friends to tell about themselves and their region. Shapers of Southern History contains the autobiographical reflections of fifteen of the South’s finest historians and will be an indispensable resource. Perhaps the best part of the volume is how marvelously most of these historians write when unharnessed from the burden of documentation and historical interpretation. Southern history simply doesn’t get much better than this.
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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.
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