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Eminent historian to lecture on George Wallace

August 21, 2000

Historian and author Dan T. Carter will give a public lecture on "George Wallace and his Legacy" on Monday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Wall College of Business Auditorium on the Coastal Carolina University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

"Dan Carter is one of America's most famous and most respected scholars," said Charles Joyner, who serves as Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History at Coastal. "His books and television documentaries have been outstanding in helping Americans understand some of the most significant chapters of our history."

A native of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, Carter has served as Pitt Professor of American History at England's renowned Cambridge University and as visiting professor at the University of Genoa.

This fall he is leaving his long-term position as Kenan Professor of History at Emory University to return to his native South Carolina as Educational Foundation University Professor at the University of South Carolina.

Carter is featured in the recent two-part nationally-televised documentary on PBS, "Settin' the Woods on Fire." The film is based on his book, The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

His first book was Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South, winner of the Bancroft Prize, the Jules Landry Award, and the Avery Craven Award of the Organization of American Historians. He is also the author of When the War Was Over and From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich.

Carter is a past president of the Southern Historical Association and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center.

Carter's lecture is sponsored by the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies, the research center for Coastal's College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

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