America's first president and his place in the emergence of the
nation's Southern region are the focus of a book co-edited by a
University of Southern Mississippi history professor.
Dr. Greg O'Brien,
an associate professor in the Southern Miss Department of History,
and Dr. Tamara Harvey, a former English professor at Southern Miss,
are the co-editors of "George Washington's South" published
this past spring by University of Florida Press.
Washington's South" is a collection of essays from various
scholars in the fields of history, literature, art history and anthropology
that explore Washington's relationship with the region, particularly
through his roles as president, military leader and planter in his
native Virginia. The essays were originally presented at a conference
on George Washington and the American South, held at Southern Miss
used the bicentennial of George Washington's death as an opportunity
to examine current research into the late-18th-century South,"
include "On the South and Off: The South as a Diverse Region";
"George Washington as Person, Symbol, and Southerner";
"Free and Enslaved Black Americans in George Washington's South";
and "George Washington and Southern Indians."
is an outstanding collection of scholarly essays that sheds important
light on the American South during the Colonial era," said
Dr. Chuck Bolton, chair of the Southern Miss history department.
The 1999 conference
was sponsored by the Southern Miss Departments of History and English,
with support from the Southern Miss Center for International and
Continuing Education, the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Library, the
Historic Natchez Foundation, the Mississippi Humanities Council
and the L.O. Crosby Lecture Fund.
Gammill of Hattiesburg, a member of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association
board, was instrumental in organizing and sponsoring the conference,
O'Brien said. "Lynn Gammill is a tremendous supporter of early
American history at (Southern Miss), in the state of Mississippi,
and nationwide," O'Brien said. "We are honored to count
her as a friend of the history department."