The Historian behind the History brings together for the first time a collection of valuable interviews with prominent southern historians conducted over the course of a decade by graduate students in the University of Alabama's history program. In the interviews, ten notable southern historians and mentors illuminate the state of historiography, their experiences in the profession, and their thoughts about graduate education and southern history.
The student-edited journal Southern Historian includes one interview each year; interviews from the journal's first ten years are gathered here for the first time. The interviews are with some of the most respected southern historians and cover a range of southern history. The historians and their main topics include:
Richard J. M. Blackett on antebellum and African American history
Dan T. Carter on Reconstruction, Civil Rights, and George Wallace
Pete Daniel on the New Deal and the Cold War South
Laura F. Edwards on the Early Republic, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and women's history
William W. Freehling on the antebellum South
Gary W. Gallagher on the Civil War
Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore on Jim Crow
James M. McPherson on the Civil War
Theodore Rosengarten on the Depression
J. Mills Thornton III on the antebellum South
In his introduction, award-winning author and historian George C. Rable draws together the multifaceted themes of these interviews, offering a compelling overview of the nature of the field. Edited by Megan L. Bever and Scott A. Suarez, The Historian behind the History offers critical insights about the craft and professional life of the historian.
Megan L. Bever is an assistant professor of history at Missouri Southern State University, USA. Scott A. Suarez is pursuing his PhD at the University of Alabama, USA. George C. Rable is the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama, USA. His books include Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!, which won the Lincoln Prize, the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award in American Military History, the Jefferson Davis Award, and the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award; The Confederate Republic: A Revolution Against Politics; and God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War.