Historian; university professor. Born– December 16, 1903, Mulberry, Tenn. Parents– Benjamin N. and Minnie (Taylor) Parks. Married– Alliene Templeton, July 25, 1931. Children– One. Education– Middle Tennessee State College, B.S., 1927; University of Alabama, M.A., 1930; University of California at Berkeley, 1932; University of Michigan, 1933; Ohio State University, Ph.D, 1937. Taught at the University of Tennessee, 1934-1938; Memphis State College, 1938-1943; Birmingham Southern College, 1943-1958; University of Georgia, 1958-1971; University of Georgia Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor, 1967-1971; University of Alabama at Birmingham,1971-74. Member of the American, Southern, and Mississippi Historical Associations, Organization of American Historians, and Phi Beta Kappa. Winner of the 1956 Charles S. Sydnor Award given by the Southern Historical Association for a distinguished book in Southern History; winner of the McClung Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society for articles on Tennessee history, 1942, 44.  Died December 4, 1992.


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