C. Vann Woodward

Comer Vann Woodward (November 13, 1908 – December 17, 1999) was a Pulitzer-prize winning American historian focusing primarily on the American South and race relations. He was long a supporter of the approach of Charles A. Beard, stressing the influence of unseen economic motivations in politics. Stylistically, he was a master of irony and counterpoint. Woodward was on the left end of the history profession in the 1930s. By the 1950s he was a leading liberal and supporter of civil rights. His demonstration that racial segregation was a late-19th-century invention rather than some sort of eternal standard made his The Strange Career of Jim Crow into “the historical Bible of the civil rights movement”, said Martin Luther King Jr. After attacks on him by the New Left in the late 1960s, he moved to the right politically.[1]

Books in order of publication:

Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel1938
Battle for Leyte Gulf1947
Origins of the New South, 1877-19131951
Reunion and Reaction: The Compromise of 1877 and the End of Reconstruction1951
The Strange Career of Jim Crow1955
The Burden of Southern History1960
The Age of Reinterpretation1961
The Comparative Approach to American History1968
American Counterpoint: Slavery and Racism in the North-South Dialogue1971
Responses Of The Presidents To Charges Of Misconduct1974
Mary Chesnut’s Civil War1981
Thinking Back: The Perils of Writing History1986
The Future of the Past1989
The Old World’s New World1991
The Letters2013
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