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Professor Emeritus

Research and Teaching Fields: American social and intellectual history; American religious history


  • B.A., David Lipscomb College, 1954
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1958
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1962

UAB Service, 1970-1981

  • 1970-1974: Chair, History Department
  • 1976-1981: University Scholar in History

Select Publications

  • White Sects and Black Men in the Recent South. Vanderbilt University Press, 1971.
  • All Things Are Possible: Healings and Charismatic Revivalism in Modern America. Indiana University Press, 1975.
  • Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy. Harper and Row, 1977.
  • Oral Roberts: An American Life. Indiana University Press, 1985.

Select Presentations

  • “Catholic Attitudes Toward Left-Wing Protestants in America, 1945-1965,” American Catholic Historical Society, Washington, DC, 1976.
  • “Independent Ministers and the Pentecostal Revival,” Conference on Evangelical Awakenings, Regent’s Park College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1978.

Select Grants and Fellowships

  • Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Allahabad, India, 1976-1977.
  • Center for the Study of American Catholicism, 1978.
  • Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, 1980.

Select Honors

  • United States Information Agency Distinguished Lecturer, Dacca University (India), 1977
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecturer, University of Arkansas, 1984
  • Phi Alpha Theta