Historian; University professor. Born– October 4, 1940, Pontotoc, Mississippi. Grew up in Anniston. Parents–James H. and Mae Moore Flynt. Married– Dorothy Ann Smith, August 20, 1961. Children– Two. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1961; Florida State University, M.S., 1962; Ph.D., 1965. Taught at Samford University, 1965-1977; head of History Department, Auburn University, 1977-2005. Member of the Southern Historical Association (President, 1980-81) and the Association of Southern Labor History. Honored by the Florida Historical Society for best book on Florida, 1972; inducted into the Alabama Academy of Distinguished Authors, 1983. Twice nominated for Pulitzer Prize in history. Named Alabama Professor of the Year, 1991, by the Council for Advancement and Suppport of Education; Alabamian of the Year, 1992, by the Mobile Press-Register.


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Alabama in the Twentieth Century. University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Ban, Burn and Ignore; Writing and Publishing Books in the South. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University to Alabama Press, 1989.

Cracker Messiah; Governor Sidney J. Catts of Florida. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1977.

Dixie’s Forgotten People; the South’s Poor Whites. Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University, 1979.

Duncan Upshaw Fletcher; Dixie’s Reluctant Progressive. Tallahassee, Fla.; Florida State University, 1971.

Keeping the Faith:  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, A Memoir. University of Alabama Press, 2011.

Mine, Mill and Microchip; a Chronicle of Alabama Enterprise. Northridge, Calif.; Windsor Publications, 1987.

Montgomery; an Illustrated History. Woodland Hills, Calif.; Windsor Publications, 1980.

Poor But Proud; Alabama’s Poor Whites. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1989.

Who Are the Poor? Auburn, Ala.; Auburn University, 1989.


Alabama:  The History of A Deep South State. University of Alabama Press, 2010.

Taking Christianity to China:  American Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950. University of Alabama Press, 1997.

You Can’t Eat Magnolias. New York; McGraw Hill, 1972.


Southern Poor Whites: A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Published Sources. New York: Garland Publishing, 1981.