University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
October 25, 2012
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Leading Scholar on the American South to Present Lecture at USA

Dr. Stephanie McCurry  
Dr. Stephanie McCurry
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The University of South Alabama department of history will present the sixth annual N. Jack Stallworth Lecture featuring Dr. Stephanie McCurry, undergraduate chair and professor in the history department at the University of Pennsylvania.

The lecture, “The Political Status of Women and the Laws of War in the American Civil War,” is free and open to the public. She will be speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. A book signing will follow.  

McCurry, one of the foremost scholars on Nineteenth Century America, the American Civil War, and women and gender, is best known for her work “Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country,” which received the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association and the Charles Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association. Her most recent publication is “Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South.” 

The book won several awards in 2011,  including the Frederick Douglass Book Prize from Yale University; the Avery O. Craven Award; and the Merle Curti Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Willie Lee Rose prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. “Confederate Reckoning” was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History.

McCurry has also served as director of the Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities at Northwestern University and she co-chaired the program committee of the Organization of American Historians in 2003. Since 2005, she has been an Organization of American Historians distinguished lecturer. Over the years, she has held a number of fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

The lecture is named in honor of N. Jack Stallworth, a well-known Mobile businessman, who owned several business ventures and restaurants. Stallworth was instrumental in founding America’s Junior Miss competition, now renamed the Distinguished Young Women Program; the Mobile Chapter of the English Speaking Union; and Camellia Ball. He was a leader of the Mobile Carnival Association and was best known as Mr. Mardi Gras.”                                         

Stallworth’s love for Mobile, Southern life and history led him to establish and support the N. Jack Stallworth Lecture in Southern History through the department of history and the USA Foundation. He also funded two scholarships in memory of his parents Montgomery Carlton and Minnie Lee Stallworth. Also, the Stallworth family home and contents were left to the USA Foundation to be used to enhance the teaching of Southern history and to support programs at USA.


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