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Released July 5, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS HISTORY PROFESSOR CO-EDITS BOOK ON GEORGE WASHINGTON'S PLACE
IN THE EMERGENCE OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH

HATTIESBURG -- 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.

"George 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 in 1999.

"The conference used the bicentennial of George Washington's death as an opportunity to examine current research into the late-18th-century South," said O'Brien.

Essay topics 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."

"This 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.

Lynn Crosby 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."

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