Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner to Speak on the War of the 1810's

Posted on October 23, 2015
Chasity Turner

Dr. Alan Taylor will speak at the 2015 Stallworth Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28. data-lightbox='featured'
Dr. Alan Taylor will speak at the 2015 Stallworth Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The University’s Ninth Annual N. Jack Stallworth Lecture will present Dr. Alan Taylor, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation professor in American history at the University of Virginia, on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.

Taylor will speak on “The War of the 1810’s: The Southern Stakes of Continental Expansion.”  The USA Foundation and the department of history in the College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring this event.  The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing, which is free and open to the public. 

Taylor received his Ph. D. from Brandeis University. He has written eight books about colonial and early American history, two of which earned him the Pulitzer Prize, for “William Cooper’s Town” and “The Internal Enemy.” The renowned scholar has won several teaching awards. Currently, Taylor is working on another writing project, “American Revolutions,” a synthesis of recent scholarship on the era of the American Revolution with a North American continental perspective.

In addition to the many awards for his books, Taylor has also won several teaching awards and has held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center and at the Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He is currently a member of the Organization of American Historians Executive Board.

The annual lecture is named in honor of the late N. Jack Stallworth, who contributed much to the south Alabama region. Stallworth was known for the various businesses he owned as well as being a founder of the Distinguished Young Women Program, the Mobile Chapter of the English Speaking Union, and the Camellia Ball. A leader of the Mobile Carnival Association, he was best known as “Mr. Mardi Gras.”

Furthermore, Stallworth provided the USA Foundation with his family’s assets to be used to enhance the teachings of Southern history and to support programs at USA. He also established two scholarships for history majors, in memory of his parents, Montgomery Carlton Stallworth Sr. and Minnie Lee Wilkins Stallworth. His love for Mobile’s history led him to establish the N. Jack Stallworth Lecture, which allows passionate scholars to lecture in depth on different aspects of America’s history. 

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