Distinguished Southern Historian Dan Carter to Visit Furman University on Wednesday, March 26

March 17, 2008

GREENVILLE, SC – March 17, 2008 —Distinguished Southern historian Dan Carter will visit Furman University to give the George Brown Tindall Lecture on “Dixie’s Long Shadow: The Persistent South in the 21st Century” Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Younts Conference Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Carter’s lecture will seek to answer the question of what shadows of Dixie remain in a landscape of homogenized mass media and national retail chains and whether it is valid to talk about the South in its traditional, distinctive terms.

Carter, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a retired professor emeritus of the American South at South Carolina.  He is widely known as a consultant for Public Broadcasting System’s “The American Experience” and for his books, Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South (1969), When the War was Over: The Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865 – 1867 (1985) and The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics (1995).

Carter and two other historians received an Emmy from the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their historical research on film “George Wallace: ‘Settin’ the Woods on Fire,’” a three hour biographical documentary on Alabama governor George Wallace and his impact upon American politics. The film, based on Carter’s book, The Politics of Rage, aired in the spring of 2000 on PBS’s series, “The American Experience.”

For more information, contact the Furman Department of History at 864-294-2182.