World War II Homefront to be Subject of University of Mobile Lecture March 22

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MOBILE, Ala. – Award-winning historian and author Charles C. Bolton will deliver a lecture titled “World War II Home Front Mobilization in the Deep South: An Assault on Jim Crow” as this year’s installment of University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series.

According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UM and director of the lecture series, Bolton will examine the effect of military and economic mobilization in Mobile and surrounding areas and how it challenged traditional social relations – often leading to conflict. Of particular concern will be federal policies that, while not directly attacking racial segregation, placed southern racial practices into stark relief and provided an opening for challenges to the racial status quo of the Deep South.

The talk will be held Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm in Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus. The program, which includes the lecture and a book signing, is free and open to the public.

Currently professor of history and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Bolton received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is the author of several books, including William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography (2013); The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle over School Integration in Mississippi, 1870-1980 (2005); and Poor Whites of the Antebellum South: Tenants and Laborers in Central North Carolina and Northeast Mississippi (1994).

Bolton’s honors include the McLemore Prize and Willie D. Halsell Prize of the Mississippi Historical Society, and the 2009 Public Humanities Scholar Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council. In 2000, he was given the Award of Merit for the radio documentary, “Mississippi Voices: A Trip through the Twentieth Century.”

Now in its 13th year, the Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series was established by the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences to present academic programs dealing with major topics in American history. The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at the university. For more information, contact Dr. Burnett at 251.442.2319 or



About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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