C. Vann Woodward

A Southern Historian and His Critics

Edited by John Herbert Roper

Title Details

Pages: 360

Illustrations: 1 b&w photo

Trim size: 6.120in x 9.250in



Pub Date: 02/28/2012

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4107-1

List Price: $32.95

C. Vann Woodward

A Southern Historian and His Critics

Edited by John Herbert Roper

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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.

Roper has crafted a thoughtful, comprehensive, and well-integrated anthology of historical criticism about Woodward’s life and contributions.

—John David Smith, author of An Old Creed for the New South: Proslavery Ideology and Historiography, 1865-1918

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.

Mississippi Quarterly

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.

Southern Historian

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

Edward L. Ayers

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

Gaines M. Foster

F. Sheldon Hackney

Carl N. Degler

John Herbert Roper

Howard N. Rabinowitz

Joel Williamson

Paul Gaston

Michael O'Brien

M. Bradford

James Tice Moore

August Meier

Allan Peskin

David Morris Potter

Albert Murray

About the Author/Editor

JOHN HERBERT ROPER is Richardson Professor of History at Emory and Henry College in Virginia. His books include C. Vann Woodward, Southerner (Georgia).