"Why the Confederacy Lost the War" subject of southern history lecture

Posted: Wednesday, 17 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—One of the leading authorities on 19th century America will be the guest speaker at Troy University’s seventh annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History Feb. 22.

The lecture takes place 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater, with a reception immediately following, according to Robert Carlson, an assistant professor of history who is coordinating this year’s lecture.

Dr. James L. Roark, the Samuel Candler Dobbs of Professor of American History at Emory University, will speak on “Why the Confederacy Lost” from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theatre. A reception will follow the lecture.

Author of “Masters without Slaves: Southern Planters in the Civil War and Reconstruction,” he has co-authored “Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South and has co-edited “No Chariot Let Down: Charleston’s Free People of Color on the Eve of the Civil War and “The American Promise: A History of the United States.”

He is currently working on projects related to the Confederate States of America, including a documentary history of the Confederacy that braids the experiences of the soldiers and battlefields with those of civilians – including women, slaves and dissenters.

The McPherson-Mitchell lecture series is held in honor of Norma Mitchell and Milton McPherson, retired Troy University history professors who together gave 50 years of service to the university. McPherson served on the TROY faculty from 1968 until 1989, while Dr. Mitchell was a faculty member from 1970 until 1999.

The lecture is free and open to the public.