Historian; professor of history.  Born–February 25, 1943, Junction City, Kansas.  Parents–Harvey H. Jackson Jr. and Elizabeth W. Jackson.  Married–Marcia Flood, 1966; children–one.  Married–Suzanne Brown, 1988; children–two.  Education–Marion Military Institute, graduated 1963; Birmingham-Southern College, B.A., 1965; University of Alabama, B.A., 1966; University of Georgia, Ph. D., 1973. Taught at South Florida Junior College, Avon Park, 1966-70; at Clayton Jr. College, Morrow, Georgia, 1973-1990; at Jacksonville State University, Professor and Chair of History and Foreign Languages, 1990-2008; retired as chair to become Eminent Scholar in History .  Member Alabama Historical Society; Society of Alabama Historians;  Society for Historians of the Early American Republic; Southern Historical Association; Georgia Association of Historians; Georgia Historical Society; Atlanta Historical Society. Awarded Colonial Dames Fellowship, 1972; Alex Bealer Award from Atlanta Historical Society, 1980; Jacksonville State University College of Letters and Sciences Distinguished Research Award, 1995; JSU Faculty Scholar Lecture Award; Milo B. Howard Award (Alabama Historical Association); Virginia  B. Hamilton Award; John F. Ramsey Award of Merit.


Contemporary Authors online; Jacksonville State University website


Inside Alabama:  A Personal History of my State.  Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Lachlan McIntosh and the  Politics of Revolutionary Georgia.  University of Georgia Press, 1979; 2003.

Putting Loafing Streams to Work:  The Building of Lay, Mitchell, Martin, and Jordan Dams, 1910-1929. University of Alabama Press, 1997.

The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera:  An Insider’s History of the Florida-Alabama Coast.  University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Rivers of History:   Life on the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Cahaba, and Alabama.  University of Alabama Press, 1995.


Georgia Signers and the Declaration of Independence.  Cherokee Press, 1981.


Forty Years of Diversity:  Essays on Colonial Georgia.  University of Georgia Press, 1984.

Oglethorpe in Perspective:  Georgia’s Founder after Two Hundred Years. University of Alabama Press, 1989.