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Yale and Slavery: C. Vann Woodward

Bibliographic list of source materials on Yale and slavery.

C. Vann Woodward

Comer Vann Woodward was the Sterling Professor of History at Yale University from 1961-1977 with a focus on the post-Reconstruction American South.  Woodward's 1955 book The Strange Career of Jim Crow is considered one of the greatest works ever written on the history of race relations in the United States.  It documents the history of segregation in the American south and was referenced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as "the historical bible of the civil rights movement".    

Archival sources

C. Vann Woodward Papers (MS 1436). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. 

Source materials

"C. Vann Woodward, Southerner, Review Essay" by Bennett H. Wall (review article)

"C. Vann Woodward obituary" by Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (obituary)

"On C. Vann Woodward" by Jack Pole (notes and comments)

"C. Vann Woodward, Dissenter" by Sheldon Hackney (journal article)

"C. Vann Woodward and the Burden of Southern Populism" by Robert C. McMath, Jr. (journal article)

"C. Vann Woodward and the Burden of Southern Liberalism" by Michael O'Brien (journal article)