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Lawson, Steven

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Professor Emeritus of History

B.A., 1966, City College of New York

M.A., 1967, Columbia University

Ph.D., 1974, Columbia University

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

My main areas of research have been the history of the civil rights movement, especially the expansion of black voting rights and black politics. My major publications include: Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969; In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965-1982; Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941; and Debating the Civil Rights Movement (with Charles Payne). I have also written about the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson and his civil rights programs. I am also interested in the connection between civil rights and the political culture the late 1950s and early 1960s. In this vein, I have done research on civil rights, fear of conspiracies, rock ‘n’ roll, and the Payola Scandal of 1959-60.

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

Graduate

  • Colloqium: Civil Rights Movement
  • PDR III

PUBLICATIONS

  • Exploring American Histories (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, December 2012)
  • In Pursuit of Power: Southern Blacks and Electoral Politics, 1965–1982 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985)
  • Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941. Philadelphia: Temple University Press (cloth) and New York: McGraw-Hill (paper), 1991.
  • Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941, Second Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.
  • Debating the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1968. Lanham, MD.: Rowman- Littlefield, 1998, with Charles Payne.
  • Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969. [Reprint edition with new preface] Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 1999.
  • CIVIL RIGHTS CROSSROADS: Nation, Community, and the Black Freedom Struggle University Press of Kentucky, 2003.

AWARDS

  • Phi Alpha Theta Award for Best First Book, 1977
  • CHOICE Outstanding Book for IN PURSUIT OF POWER, 1986.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Reasearch Award, 1979
  • American Council of Learned Societies Summer Fellowship, 1979
  • National Humanities Center Fellow, 1987-88.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Historical Asscoiation

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