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435 Contributors Jennifer E. Black is the fundraising coordinator for the Anna Freud Centre, a child mental health charity based in London. She received her master’s in 2003 in history from the University of Glasgow and her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2007. Her MPhil dissertation was on religion and the black family in the Mississippi Valley from 1865 to 1877. Her doctoral research focused on the League of Women Voters in South Carolina from 1947 to 1960. Carol Sears Botsch is a professor of political science at the University of South Carolina , Aiken. She received a PhD in political science from the University of South Carolina in 1988 and also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Syracuse University. She was principal author of African-Americans and the Palmetto State (1994) and has published a number of articles on women in politics, on African Americans in politics, and on the civic education and political socialization of college students. W. Lewis Burke is a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is chair of the Department of Clinical Legal Studies and teaches clinics, alternative dispute resolution, trial advocacy, and South Carolina legal history. He is the author and editor of four books. These include Dawn of Religious Freedom, coedited book with James L. Underwood; Matthew J. Perry: The Man, His Times, and His Legacy, coedited with Belinda Gergel; and At Freedom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers in Reconstruction South Carolina, coedited with James Lowell Underwood. He is the author of numerous chapters and articles on legal history. Presently, he is working on a book on the history of South Carolina’s black lawyers to be published by the University of Georgia Press. Katherine Mellen Charron is an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University. She received a master’s degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a PhD in history from Yale University. Her fields of study include U.S history, African American history, women’s history, and southern history. She is the author of the award-winning Freedom’s Teacher, a biography of Septima Clark, and coeditor of Recollections of My Slavery Days by William Henry Singleton. 436 Contributors Fritz P. Hamer received his bachelor of arts in history from Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He earned his master’s in 1982 and his PhD in 1998 in history from the University of South Carolina. He began his museum career in 1982 in Alabama and joined the South Carolina State Museum in 1986, as a curator of history. In 2011 he became the curator of published materials at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. He has published articles and planned exhibitions on a variety of topics , with a particular focus on World War II and South Carolina. These exhibits include “The Palmetto State Goes to War: World War II and South Carolina” and “Operation Overlord: Breaking through the Atlantic Wall, D-day, 6 June 1944.” The state museum has a small online exhibit on its website ( on important women in South Carolina history. One of his publications is Charleston Reborn: A Southern City, its Navy Yard, World War II. Patricia Evridge Hill received a bachelor of arts in history from Southern Methodist University and a master’s and PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. Currently, she is associate professor of history and department chair at San Jose State University. The University of Texas Press published her monograph Dallas: The Making of a Modern City in 1996. Hill’s articles on Hilla Sheriff have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health and Social History of Medicine. After a six-year hiatus to serve as a statewide officer of the California Faculty Association, a union representing more than twenty thousand faculty members on twenty-three California State University campuses, Hill has resumed work on a full-length biography of Hilla Sheriff. Joan Marie Johnson teaches women’s and southern history at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and is the cofounder and codirector of the Newberry Library Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She received her PhD in history at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997. Johnson is the author of Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges: Feminist Values and Social Activism , 1875–1915...


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