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The Letters of C. Vann Woodward ed. by Michael O’Brien (review)

The Letters of C. Vann Woodward ed. by Michael O’Brien (review) books The Letters of C. Vann Woodward Ed. by Michael O'Brien Yale University Press, 2013 428 pp., $40.00 Reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield, Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University, and the author of A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till (Free Press, 1988). In 1993, after a day spent at an academic conference in Oxford, Mississippi, a group of southern historians decided to go out for drinks at a funky, let-it-allhang-out beer hall near the campus. One elderly and elegant member of the group, however, attracted the attention of the young waiter, who asked: "Who's the dude in the suit?" His name was C. Vann Woodward (1908­1999); and the sartorial anomaly was only one facet of a life that was somewhat off-center. No historian of his generation ever dominated a field as thoroughly; no scholar's name was ever so indelibly linked with the exploration of the southern past itself. Yet most of his career was spent above the Mason­Dixon Line, capped with over four decades in New Haven. He preferred to live in the North. Woodward was honored with the presidencies of the Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

The Letters of C. Vann Woodward ed. by Michael O’Brien (review)

Southern Cultures , Volume 21 (4) – Jan 31, 2015

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books The Letters of C. Vann Woodward Ed. by Michael O'Brien Yale University Press, 2013 428 pp., $40.00 Reviewed by Stephen J. Whitfield, Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University, and the author of A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till (Free Press, 1988). In 1993, after a day spent at an academic conference in Oxford, Mississippi, a group of southern historians decided to go out for drinks at a funky, let-it-allhang-out beer hall near the campus. One elderly and elegant member of the group, however, attracted the attention of the young waiter, who asked: "Who's the dude in the suit?" His name was C. Vann Woodward (1908­1999); and the sartorial anomaly was only one facet of a life that was somewhat off-center. No historian of his generation ever dominated a field as thoroughly; no scholar's name was ever so indelibly linked with the exploration of the southern past itself. Yet most of his career was spent above the Mason­Dixon Line, capped with over four decades in New Haven. He preferred to live in the North. Woodward was honored with the presidencies of the Southern Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical

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