Press Release for Friday, September 28, 2007

History Author Discusses 'Clash Over the Southern Past'

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Fitzhugh Brundage, the William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss “Black and White Southerners and the Clash Over the Southern Past” on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. on the University Of North Florida campus in the Brooks College of Health (Building 39), Room 1009.

Brundage is the author of several books on Southern history, including the recently award-winning “The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory,” “A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901” and “Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930.”

His discussion at UNF will explore the struggles over the meanings and uses of the Southern past, including contemporary controversies over flying the Confederate flag, renaming schools and streets, and commemorating the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.

Brundage has received several awards for his books including, Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year in 1997 for “A Socialist Utopia in the New South,” and the Merle Curti Award for Best Book of Social History and the Elliot Rudwick Award for Best Work on Afro-American History for “Lynching in the New South.”

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, UNF Department of History, at (904) 620-1871.