FW: Pulitzer Prize-nominated author signing tomorrow from 6-8 pm [Dr. Wayne Flynt]
From: Page & Palette [mailto:pandp@...]
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 8:28 PM
Subject: Pulitzer Prize-nominated author signing tomorrow from 6-8 pm
We are honored to host Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, Dr. J. Wayne
Flynt, Distinguished Auburn University Professor of history, Tuesday the
13th from 6-8 pm. Dr. Flynt will be reading from and discussing his
newly-released "Alabama in the 20th Century: The Modern South."
Dr. Flynt has lived in the south and taught at Southern
institutions for most of his life. Dr. Flynt received his A.B. from
Howard College and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida State University.
After teaching at Samford University for eight years, Dr. Flynt taught
history from 1977 to 1985 at Auburn University in Alabama. Dr. Flynt's
research interests include Southern culture, Alabama politics, Southern
religion, education reform, and poverty. Dr. Flynt has written numerous
books including "Poor but Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites", "Mine, Mill
and Microchip: A Chronicle of Alabama Enterprise", "Dixie's Forgotten
People: The South's Poor Whites", "Cracker Messiah: Governor Sidney J.
Catts of Florida", and "Duncan Upshaw Fletcher: Dixie's Reluctant
Progressive". Dr. Flynt co-authored two books, "Taking Christianity
to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950" and
the definitive history, "Alabama: The History of a Deep South State."
In addition, Dr. Flynt co-edited "Up Before Daylight: Life Histories
from the Alabama Writers' Project, 1938-1939".
"Alabama in the 20th Century" offers supporting arguments for
both those who love and disdain the state. Alabama is a state full of
contrasts. On the one hand, we have elected the lowest number of women
to the state legislature of any state in the union; yet according to
historians, Alabama has produced two of the ten most important American
women of the 20th century - Helen Keller and Rosa Parks. Our people are
fanatically devoted to conservative religious values; yet they openly
idolize tarnished football programs as the source of their heroes.
Citizens who are puzzled by Alabama's maddening resistance to change or
its incredibly strong sense of tradition and community will find
important clues and new understanding within these pages. Dr. Flynt,
a native son who has lived, loved, taught, debated, and grieved within
the state for 60 of the 100 years described, does not flinch from
pointing out Alabama's failures, such as the woeful yoke of a 1901 state
constitution -- the oldest one in the nation; neither does he hold back
from calling attention to the state's triumphs against great odds, such
as its phenomenal number of military heroes and gifted athletes, its
dazzling array of writers, folk artists, and musicians, or its haunting
physical beauty despite decades of abuse.
Chapters are organized by topic - politics, the economy, education,
African Americans, women, the military, sport, religion, literature,
art, journalism - rather than chronologically, so the reader can digest
the whole sweep of the century on a particular subject. Flynt's writing
style is engaging, descriptive, free of clutter, yet based on sound
scholarship. This book offers teachers and readers alike the vast range
and complexity of Alabama's triumphs and low points in a defining
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