Summersell Center Announces Winner of Second Biennial Deep South Book Prize

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South is pleased to announce that the winner of the second biennial Deep South Book Prize is Joseph Crespino, for his book Strom Thurmond’s America (Hill and Wang). While never shying away from Thurmond’s racism, hypocrisy, and opportunism, Crespino’s work also offers a provocative and fascinating portrayal of Thurmond as an innovator with great foresight in American politics, and as a pioneer of the modern conservative movement. Our hearty congratulations to Mr. Crespino, who is professor of history at Emory University.

Receiving honorable mentions from the Summersell Center are five additional books, each of which provided the book prize committee with hard choices and each of which is deserving of praise in its own right. They are, in alphabetical order:

Carole Emberton, Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War (Chicago)

Steven C. Hahn, The Life and Times of Mary Musgrove (Florida)

Gregory D. Smithers, Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History (Florida)

Sue [Lorenzi] Sojourner, with Cheryl Reitan, Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi (Kentucky)

Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins, ed., with Ruth Smith Truss, The Journal of Sarah Haynsworth Gayle, 1827-1835: A Substitute for Social Intercourse (Alabama)