University professor. Born– October 4, 1940. Spent youth in Anniston. Married– Dorothy Ann Smith. 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-. Honored by the Florida Historical Society for best book on Florida, 1972; inducted into the Alabama Academy of Distinguished Authors, 1983. Member of the Southern Historical Association and the Association of Southern Labor History.


Directory of American Scholars, 7th edition, and Alabama Public Library Service files.


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.

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.

Southern Poor Whites; a Selected Annotated Bibliography of Published Sources. New York; Garland, 1981.

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


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