History Department
History Department

Littlefield Lectures to feature Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Southern Historian

Mon, February 20, 2012
Detail from series artwork by Veronica Jimenez Vega
Detail from series artwork by Veronica Jimenez Vega

Every year, the History Department hosts the Littlefield Lectures, a series of two lectures on Southern history delivered by a renowned scholar in the field.  This year, the Littlefield lecturer is Dr. Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas State University, San Marcos.  Dr. Bynum is the author of several works on Southern renegades and unionists during the Civil War, including Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South (UNC Press, 1992), The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War (UNC Press, 2001), and The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies (UNC Press, 2010).  

Dr. Bynum will present two lectures based on her published works.  The first lecture, entitled “The Free State of Jones: Community, Race, and Kinship in Civil War Mississippi,” will discuss an armed band of Confederate deserters who battled Confederate cavalry in Jones County, Mississippi from the end of 1863 until mid-1864. 

The second lecture, entitled “Communities at War: Men, Women and the Legacies of Anti-Confederate Dissent,” will examine Southern Unionists, guerilla soldiers, defiant women, socialists, populists, free blacks, and interracial kin groups in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas.  Their stories illuminate uncommon narratives about common Southern folks who chose to fight not with the Confederacy, but against it.

Lecture Details:

March 6, 4-6pm, Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302:
"The Free State of Jones: Community, Race, and Kinship in Civil War Mississippi"



March 7, 4-6pm, Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302:
"Communities at War: Men, Women and the Legacies of Anti-Confederate dissent"


More on Victoria Bynum:
http://www.outlaw-agency.com/renegadesouth/
http://renegadesouth.wordpress.com/

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