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)

Summersell Center Announces Fellowship Recipients for 2014-2015

The Frances S. Summersell Center and the University of Alabama Libraries are pleased to announce that short-term fellowships were awarded to the following applicants and projects for use during the 2014-2015 academic year. The eight fellowships were awarded based on the overall quality of the applications, the promise of the projects for future publication, and the ability of the applicants to make maximum use of collections and materials housed at the University of Alabama.

Samantha Bryant, Ph.D candidate in History, University of Nebraska, “Southern Jewish Student Activism and the Civil Rights Movement.”

Le Datta Grimes, Ph.D Candidate in History, University of Kentucky, “They Are Becoming Conscious: Kentucky’s Rosenwald Schools, Black Education, Black Communities, and Black Activism.”

Hunter Jackson, Ph.D candidate in Geography, CUNY Graduate Center, “’In Certain Respects, the Future Looks Bright:’ Migration, Criminalization, and Race-Making in 21st Century Alabama.”

Jessica Barbata Jackson, Ph.D candidate in History, UC-Santa Cruz, “Italian Immigrants, Race, and the Jim Crow South.”

Brian Craig Miller, Associate Professor of History, Emporia State University, “The United Confederate Veterans in History and Memory”

Evan Rothera, Ph.D candidate in History, Pennsylvania State University, “Prentiss Ingraham’s Transnational World: Exile, Leniency, Violence, and Reconstructions in America.”

Franklin Sammons, Ph.D candidate in History, UC-Berkeley, “Slavery, Commodity Chains, and Capital Flows in Antebellum Alabama and the Atlantic World.”

James Hill Welborn III, Ph.D candidate in History, University of Georgia, “Drinkin’, Fightin’, Prayin’: The Southern White Male in the Civil War Era.”

Photography Exhibit and Film Screening on School Resegregation

grandchildren of brown_tnOn May 2, 2014, a photography exhibit entitled “Grandchildren of Brown: Student Photos on Race in Tuscaloosa, 60 Years Later,” will open at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling and with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this exhibit is in conjunction with “Segregation Now,” a ProPublica/Atlantic magazine project on the resegregation of public schools in the South and throughout the nation. The exhibit opening will run from 6:30-8:30 pm and will display photographs taken by students at Tuscaloosa’s Northridge and Central high schools. There will also be a documentary film screening and a student panel discussion. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through May 18.

Summersell Center Welcomes Josh Penn, of Court 13

poster v4-2_tnPlease join the Summersell Center as we help welcome Josh Penn of the New Orleans-based independent filmmaking collective Court 13, best known for Beasts of the Southern Wild, to the University. Mr. Penn will be screening and answering questions about the short film Glory at Sea, at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 16, in Room 110 of the AIME Building. This event is free and open to the public.

Kathryn Stockett reflects on “The Help”

Kathryn Stockett Poster_tnThe Summersell Center is pleased to announce its cosponsorship of a talk by Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, who will reflect on the story behind the best-selling novel. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, February 28, at 3 pm in the Moody Music Concert Hall on the University of Alabama campus.

Unchaining Alabama: An Exhibition of Student Research on Slavery at the University

From February 3-21 in the Williams Room on the third floor of Gorgas Library, an exhibition of research by Ben Flax, an undergraduate at the University of Alabama will be on display. Documenting aspect of the University’s historical association with the institution of slavery prior to the Civil War, the exhibition will be formally opened with an event and small reception on Thursday, February 6, from 5:30-7:30. For more about the exhibition, see here.

Robin Kelley and Dan Carter to Speak in Conjunction with Scottsboro Boys Exhibit

In conjunction with the Fred Hiroshige Scottsboro Boys photography exhibit on display through February 21 at the Paul Jones Gallery downtown, two prominent historians will be speaking during the week of February 3. First, on February 6, Robin Kelley, the Gary Nash Professor of U.S. History at the University of California at Los Angeles, will deliver a lecture entitled “‘Red is the New Black’: The Art and Politics of Scottsboro” at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 205. Then, on the following evening, February 7, Dan Carter, Education Foundation Professor of History Emeritus at the University of South Carolina and author of “Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South,” will be speaking at the gallery itself  at 5 pm. A reception will follow Professor Carter’s talk. Both of these speakers are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Call for Nominees: 2014 Deep South Book Prize

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama is proud to announce it is now receiving nominees for the 2014 Deep South Book Prize. The prize is awarded biennially for the best book on the history or culture of the Deep South, and the author of the prizewinner will receive a cash award of $500.

Books nominated for the next awarded prize must have been published between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013. Authors may self-nominate. Two copies of each nominated book should be mailed by March 1, 2014 to:

Deep South Book Prize
Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
202 ten Hoor Hall
Box 870212
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Questions or requests for additional information may be addressed to the Summersell Center at jrothman@bama.ua.edu or at 205.348.3818.

The 2014-2015 Short-Term Research Fellowship Program

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the collections housed at the University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries will offer a total of eight fellowships in the amount of $500 each for researchers whose projects entail work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library (http://www.lib.ua.edu/libraries/hoole/), the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection (http://www.lib.ua.edu/williamscollection), or in other University of Alabama collections.

Applicants should send two copies of:

  • A current CV
  • One letter of recommendation (which may be sent under separate cover)
  • A description of the research project, no longer than two double-spaced pages, which includes a description of the particular resources to be used during the term of the fellowship

The deadline for applications to be received by the Summersell Center is March 28, 2014. Decisions regarding awards will be made by May 15, 2014, and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015. Both academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply. Because fellowships are designed primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, however, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.

Send all application materials to:

Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Department of History
University of Alabama
Box 870212
202 ten Hoor Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Any questions about the fellowships may be directed to Joshua Rothman, Director of the Summersell Center, at jrothman@bama.ua.edu or 205.348.3818.

 

Summersell Center Announces Recipients of 2013 Short-Term Fellows

The Summersell Center for the Study of the South is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been awarded short-term research fellowships for work to be conducted in the libraries and collections of the University of Alabama during the upcoming calendar year:

L. Bao Bui, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: “‘I Feel Impelled to Write’: Social Networking and the Culture of Letter Writing during the Civil War”

Jennifer D. Jones, Princeton University, “‘To Resort More Easily to Sexual Perversion’: Homosexuality and the Politics of Racial Empowerment in the South, 1940-1970″

Robert C. Poister, University of Georgia: “Dinner at the Hotel Cubano: Reinterpreting the Lives and Legacies of Confederate Exiles in the American Sugar Kingdom”

John P. Riley, Binghamton University: “Adjoining Spheres: Fatherhood and the Family in Victorian America”