C. Vann Woodward, Southerner

John Herbert Roper

An intellectual biography of C. Vann Woodward, from his birth as a member of the southern gentry to his place today as a preeminent historian—a conscience for his profession and our time


“Roper identifies Woodward’s crucial importance to modern Southern historiography and argues that the interplay between his life as a southerner and as a reformer determined the content and direction of his writing. . . . Roper’s biography reveals the perils of writing ‘committed history’ but simultaneously shows the important role historians play in the development of American society.”

“Roper’s well-written book about one of America’s most distinguished historians deserves attention.”
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C. Vann Woodward, Southerner chronicles Woodward’s life, the tumultuous times that engaged him and shaped his thought, and the historical profession that has accorded him both its highest honors of respect and unstinting criticism. By no means uncritical of Woodward’s work, John Herbert Roper shows that books such as Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel, Origins of the New South, and The Strange Career of Jim Crow effectively defined the terms of historical debate, often asking the “impertinent first question” that spurred other historians to seek fuller answers.

Page count: 368 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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John Herbert Roper is Richardson Professor of History at Emory and Henry College in Virginia. His books include Paul Green, Playwright of the Real South and C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics (both Georgia).