Historian; University professor. Born– October 24, 1945, Montgomery. Parents– William B. and Tressie (James) Ott. Married– James W. Hines, January 22, 1967. Children– One. Married– Richard M. McMurry, July 12, 1980. Children– Two. Married– John A. Edwards, 1997. Education– Emory University; B.A., Auburn University, 1968; M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1976. Employed by Auburn University in Montgomery, 1976; Valdosta State College, 1976-1981; North Carolina State University, 1981-2001. Member Organization of American Historians; Southern Historical Association. Honors– Alabama Library Association’s Authors Award, 1984; Humanities Alumni Award, Auburn, 1996; College of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award, NC State, 1999.


Contemporary Authors online


George Washington Carver; Scientist and Symbol. New York; Oxford University Press, 1981.

Recorder of the Black Experience; a Biography of Monroe Nathan Work. Baton Rouge, La.; Louisiana State University Press, 1984.

To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells. Oxford University Press, 1985.