Michael Dennis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History & Classics

Phone: (902) 585-1377
Email: michael.dennis@acadiau.ca

Research Interests

I'm currently working on a project about de-industrialization and the impact of the New Economy on the American South. This study will address examine the implications of corporate give-backs, anti-unionism, free trade, and corporate internationalization for working-class southerners, many of whom are African Americans lodged in low-wage jobs. In many ways this study will address the meaning and practice of democracy in the South of the late twentieth century.

I'm also interested in a comparative study of the civil rights movement in Nova Scotia and American South. One of the guiding questions is: why didn't the drive for racial equality produce a more significant body of legislation? A more enduring institutional presence? A stronger grass-roots response? Is it simply a question of demography or does it raise issues of political culture?

Publications

Books

Luther P. Jackson and a Life for Civil Rights (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.)

Lessons in Progress: State Universities and Progressivism in the New South, 1880-1920 (Urbana and Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2001.)

Chapters in Books

"Luther P. Jackson on the African American Perimeters: Education and Politics in the Early Civil Rights Era," in 'We Will Independent Be:' African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States, ed. Leslie Alexander and Angel David Nieves. U. of Colorado Press: 2005.

"More Than Broken Glass: American Youth Activism in the 1990s," in Notes from Underground: Essays on American Youth Subcultures. Greenwood Press: 2005.

Articles

“The Illusion of Relevance: Southern Progressives and American Higher Education.” Journal of the Historical Society Volume 8.2 (2008): 229-27.

"Labor Against the Law: Unions Confront the Courts in the New Economy South.” Labor History Volume 48.4 (2007): 403-427.

"The Idea of Citizenship in the Early Civil Rights Movement," Citizenship Studies, forthcoming, Volume 9 (July, 2005).

"Solidarity for Awhile: Unions and Black Freedom in the New Deal South," Reviews in American History (2005).

"A Community Affair: Luther P. Jackson and Historical Consciousness," The Journal of the Historical Society 3 (Spring, 2003): 249-76.

"Looking Backward: Woodrow Wilson, the New South, and the Question of Race," American Nineteenth Century History 3 (Summer 2002): 77-104.

"Republicanism and the Compromise of 1850," eHistory Bulletin 1 (December, 2001), available at http://www.ehistory.freeservers.co