- About the Contributors
Bruce E. Baker is Senior Lecturer in United States History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of What Reconstruction Meant: Historical Memory in the South, and This Mob Will Surely Take My Life: Lynchings in the Carolinas. He is currently researching labor history in the Carolinas during Reconstruction.
Kimberly D. Hill received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 and conducted this interview as part of her work with UNC's Southern Oral History Program. She also interviewed residents of Birmingham, Alabama, as part of the SOHP's ongoing Long Civil Rights Movement project. Hill currently works as a teaching assistant for the UNC Study Abroad Program in South Africa.
William E. King earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, taught American history at colleges in West Virginia and North Carolina, and served as the first University Archivist at Duke University from 1972 to 2002. In 1997, he published If Gargoyles Could Talk: Sketches of Duke University. Duke awarded him the University Medal, its most prestigious award, for "distinguished and meritorious service" in 2005.
James W. Loewen taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont after teaching at predominantly black Tougaloo College in Mississippi. His books include Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong, and Sundown Towns (which the Gustavus Myers Foundation named a "Distinguished Book of 2005"). He also won the Lillian Smith award for his coauthored book Mississippi: Conflict and Change. He now lives in Washington, D.C., and is continuing his research on how Americans remember their past.
Davis McCombs directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arkansas. His first book, Ultima Thule, was selected by W. S. Merwin as winner of the 1999 Yale Series of Younger Poets. His second book, Dismal Rock, was chosen by Linda Gregerson as winner of the Dorset Prize in 2007.
Bruce J. West is a photographer and a Professor of Art at Missouri State University. His color photographs are included in museum collections throughout the United States and Europe. Recent exhibitions include shows at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Anacostia Community Museum, and the Noorderlicht Photofestival in Groningen, The Netherlands. [End Page 101]