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Professor Emerita

Research and Teaching Fields: Recent America; recent South; American constitutional history; Alabama history

Formal Education:

  • B.A., Birmingham-Southern College, 1941
  • M.A., Birmingham-Southern College, 1961
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama, 1968

UAB Service, 1961-1987

  • 1974-1984: Chair, Department of History
  • 1984-1987: University Scholar in History

Select Publications

  • Hugo Black: The Alabama Years. Louisiana State University Press, 1972.
  • Alabama: A Bicentennial History. W.W. Norton, 1984.
  • Lister Hill: Statesman from the South. University of North Carolina Press, 1987.
  • Looking for Clark Gable and Other Twentieth-Century Pursuits. University of Alabama Press, 1996.

Select Presentations

  • “Writing State History: For Whom?,” Southern Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, 1977.
  • “Clio’s Daughters Whence and Whither,” Southern Association for Women Historians, Fort Worth TX, 1991.
  • “Lister Hill, Hugo Black, and the Albatross of Race,” The Justice Hugo Black Centennial, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1985.

Select Honors

  • Fellow of the Society of American Historians
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alabama Humanities Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Humanities in Alabama