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James C. Cobb

Southern history and culture

Professor and Spalding Distinguished Research Professor and Spalding Distinguished Research Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1975

Office: 228 LeConte
Office Hours: T, 1:30-5:00 or by appt.
Phone: none

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A former president of the Southern Historical Association, Cobb has written widely on the interaction between economy, society and culture in the American South. His books include The Selling of The South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990 (Illinois, 1993), The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity (Oxford, 1992),and Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (Oxford, 2005). His most recent book,The South and America Since World War II was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. To read some of his work, check out

Research and Teaching Interests

[U.S. 19th & 20th Century]
[U.S. South]

Selected Publications

the South and America since World War II (Oxford University Press, 2010) More Info

Georgia Odyssey: A Short History of the State (University of Georgia Press, 2008) More Info

Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity (Oxford University Press, 2005) More Info

"An Epitaph for the North: Reflections on the Politics of Regional and National Identity at the Millenium," Journal of Southern History (Feb. 2000)

The Mississippi Delta and the World: The Memoirs of David L. Cohn (Louisiana State Press, 1995) editor

The Selling of the South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990 (University of Illinois Press, 1993) More Info

The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity (Oxford University Press, 1992) More Info

Perspectives on the American South, Vol. IV (Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1987) coeditor

Perspectives on the American South, Vol. III (Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1985) coeditor

Industrialization and Southern Society, 1877-1984 (University Press of Kentuckyky, 1984) More Info

The New Deal and the South (University Press of Mississippi, 1984) coeditor

Honors and Awards

Green-Ramsdell Award, Journal of Southern History, Best article (1988-89)

Albert Christ-Janer Award, UGA Research Foundation, Creative Research in the Humanities Award (2010)

Parks-Heggoy Teaching Award, History Graduate Students Association (2008)

Senior Visiting Mellon Scholar, Cambridge University (1995)

McClemore Prize, Mississippi Historical Society, Outstanding book in Mississippi history (1992)

E. Merton Coulter Award, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Best article (1984)

Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Study (1982)

Green-Ramsdell Award, Journal of Southern History, Best article (1990-91)

Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Kappa Phi

Courses Taught

HIST2112: U.S. History 1865 to Present [Syllabus]

HIST4990: Senior Seminar [Syllabus]

HIST8030: Seminar in Recent United States History [Syllabus]

Dissertations Supervised

Forts, Franklin, "Troubled Manhood: The Construction of African-American Masculinity, 1965-2000" (In Progress)

Ellett, Ashton, "Recasting Conservatism: Georgia Republicans and the Transformation of Southern Politics since World War II" (In Progress)

Tucker, Kathryn, "'Betwixt and Between': Race, Law, and Community in the Jim Crow South" (2014)

Merritt, Keri Leigh, "A Second Degree of Slavery: How Black Emancipation Freed the South's Poor Whites" (2014)

Manthorne, Jason, "As You Sow: Culture, Agriculture, and the New Deal" (2013)

Mims, LaShonda, "Lesbian History in Charlotte and Atlanta" (2012)

Smith, Robert Neil, ""An Evil Day in Georgia" The Executions of Clifford Thompson and Hugh Moss and The Death Penalty in Georgia" (2011)

Grem, Darren, "The Blessings of Business: Corporate America and Conservative Evangelicalism in the Sunbelt Age, 1945-2000" (2010)

Hill, John Paul, "A.B. 'Happy' Chandler and the Politics of Civil Rights" (2009)

Gillespie (McRae), Elizabeth, "Raising Jim Crow: White Southern Women and the Politics of White Supremacy" (2004)

Macaulay, Alexander S., "Tradition vs. Change: The United States and the Citadel, 1945-95" (2004)

Giesen, James Conrad, "The South's Greatest Enemy? The Cotton Boll Weevil and Its Lost Revolution, 1892-1930" (2004)

Nystrom, Justin A., "Redeemer's Carnival" (2004)

MA Theses Supervised

Blair, Monica, "TBA" (In Progress)

Ellett, Ashton, "Organizing the Right: Service Clubs, Conservatism, and the Origins of the Two-Party South in Cobb County, Georgia, 1942-1968" (2010)

Tucker, Kathryn, "Regulating Race: Interracial Relationships, Law, and Community in Jim Crow Alabama" (2008)

Olsson, Tore, "Making the 'International City': Work, Law, and Culture in Immigrant Atlanta, 1970 - 2007" (2007)

Hatfield, Edward A., "Marta and the Marking of Suburban Conservatism" (2006)

Manthorne, Jason, "Hoover Days: The South's Landless Farmers in the Great Depression" (2006)

Millin, Eric Tabor, "Defending the sacred hearth" (2002)

Marshall, Anne Elizabeth, "Louisville and the Lost Cause Memory, Identity, and the Creation of a Confederate City" (2000)

Nystrom, Justin A., "The coup on Canal: redemption and the White League in New Orleans, 1874" (2000)


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