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James C. Cobb

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B. Phinizy Spalding Professor Emeritus

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

Selected Publications:

Cobb, James C. The South And America Since World War Ii. Oxford University Press, 2010. Web.

Cobb, James C. Georgia Odyssey: A Short History Of The State. University of Georgia Press, 2008. Web.

Cobb, James C. Away Down South: A History Of Southern Identity. Oxford University Press, 2005. Web.

Cobb, James C. The Mississippi Delta And The World:the Memoirs Of David L. Cohn. Louisiana State Press, 1995. Print.

Cobb, James C. The Selling Of The South:the Southern Crusade For Industrial Development, 1936-1990. University of Illinois Press, 1993. Web.

Cobb, James C. The Most Southern Place On Earth:the Mississippi Delta And The Roots Of Regional Identity. Oxford University Press, 1992. Web.

Cobb, James C. Perspectives On The American South, Vol. Iv. Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1987. Print.

Cobb, James C. Perspectives On The American South, Vol. Iii. Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1985. Print.

Cobb, James C. The New Deal And The South. University Press of Mississippi, 1984. Print.

Cobb, James C. Industrialization And Southern Society, 1877-1984. University Press of Kentucky, 1984. Web.


PhD, University of Georgia, 1975

Of note:

Governor’s Award for the Humanities, 2015

Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Washington and Lee University, 2015.

Woodward-Franklin Award for Excellence in Historical Writing, Fellowship of Southern Writers, 2015.

Albert Christ-Janer Award for Excellence in Creative Research, University of Georgia, 2010.

Parks-Heggoy Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Georgia, 2008 and 2015.

Mary Lawton Hodges Prize (Distinguished Book in Southern Studies published in

2005) Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina.

Georgia Author of the Year (History) 2005, Georgia Writers Association.

President, Southern Historical Association, 1999

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

Green-Ramsdell Award (Best article published in the Journal of Southern History,


Green-Ramsdell Award (Best article published in the Journal of Southern History,


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


Events featuring James C. Cobb
The Chapel, University of Georgia

The Phinizy Lectures rank as UGA's most distinguished lecture series in the humanities. This year's lecture is etitled "Divided by a Common Past: Southerners and the Struggle to Secure Their Version of History", presented by James C. Cobb, B. Phinizy Spalding…

Articles Featuring James C. Cobb

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