“Roper’s volume is a wonderful testimonial to an historian who has always enjoyed engaging in the art of scholarly debate in a civil, humane, and distinguished manner.”
“Roper’s collection of essays is intended not merely to celebrate the contributions of his historical giant, but to stimulate further dialogue on historiographical issues that continue to resound from his work.”
“It is a tribute to the depth of C. Vann Woodward’s historical vision that his work can and should bear such scrutiny.”
—Journal of American History
Perhaps the most prominent historian of his time, C. Vann Woodward (1908–1999) was always at the center of public controversy, wielding power inside the history profession while exercising influence on the reading public. In this collection of essays, historians examine the writings of the American South’s esteemed scholar. Examining Woodward’s work from various angles, the “critics” in this volume reveal his contributions as history, as ideas, and as part of an activist scholar’s quest to understand and influence the racial and social dynamics of his region and times.
Contributors: Edward L. Ayers, M. E. Bradford, Carl N. Degler, Gaines M. Foster, Paul M. Gaston, F. Sheldon Hackney, August Meier, James Tice Moore, Albert Murray, Michael O’Brien, Allan Peskin, David Morris Potter, Howard N. Rabinowitz, John Herbert Roper, Joel R. Williamson, Bertram Wyatt-Brown.
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