University professor. Born– July 11, 1941, Fayetteville, N.C. Parents– A. Merrill and Thelma (Melton) McLaurin. Married– Sandra Cockrell, November 23, 1961. Children– Two. Education– B.S., East Carolina University, 1962; M.A., 1964; Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1967. Employed by University of South Alabama, 1967-1977; University of North Carolina, Wilmington, 1977. Member– Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association, North Carolina Historical Society.


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The Knights of Labor in the South. Westport, Conn.; Greenwood Press, 1978.

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Separate Pasts; Growing up White in the Segregated South. Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Press, 1987.


The Image of Progress; Alabama Photographs, 1872-1917. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1980.

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Mobile; the Life and Times of a Great Southern City. Woodland Hills, Calif.; Windsor Publications, 1981.