Historian; college professor; journalist. Born– January 15, 1933, Blount County. Parents– Luther H. and Winnie (Forrester) Jackson. Married– Patricia Dow, 1954. Children– Four. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.A., M.A., 1959; University of Georgia, Ph.D., 1963; graduate study at Exeter College of Oxford University, 1966.  Served in the U.S. Air Force, 1951-1954.  Reporter for the Birmingham Post Herald, 1956-1957; taught in the Birmingham public schools, 1957-1959; taught at Western Kentucky University, 1961-. Fulbright lecturer, University of Bangalore, India and Quad-e-Azam University, Pakistan; visiting professor at William and Mary, Tufts University, University of Graz (Austria), and University of Maryland’s overseas program at Upper Hayford A.F.B. in England. A University Distinguished Professor at WKU, 1996-2001.


Contemporary Authors online.

 The Dreadful Month.


The Dreadful Month. Bowling Green, Ohio; Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1982.

The Great Lili. Harrisburg, Penn.; Stackpole, 1978.

Hattie; the Life of Hattie McDaniel. Lanham, Md.; Madison Books, 1990.

Hounds of the Road. Bowling Green, Ohio; Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1984.

J. I. Rodale; Apostle of Nonconformity. New York; Pyramid Press, 1974.

Presidential Vetoes, 1792-1945. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1967

Who Will Take Our Children. New York; Methuen, 1985

Zane Grey. Boston; Twayne, 1973.


Challenge to Change. River Forest, Ill.; Laidlaw Bros., 1973.

Foundation of Freedom. River Forest, Ill.; Laidlaw Bros., 1973

Two Centuries of Progress. River Forest, Ill.; Laidlaw Bros., 1974.