22nd Cotton & Rural History Conference
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Texas

Striking Cotton
UCAPAWA’s Campaign to Organize Workers from Field to Factory in the Great Depression
Jarod Roll
University of Mississippi / Columbia University

Jarod H. Roll is the author of Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South (2010) and numerous other studies of Southern working people, black and white, their politics and faith. His most recent contribution is a chapter on black and white radical farmers in the early twentieth century South in Populism in the South Revisited: New Interpretations and New Departures (2016).
His writing as been awarded top honors in his field, including the Herbert G. Gutman Prize, the C. L. R. James Award and the H. L. Mitchell Prize. He is currently on leave from Mississippi serving as Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

Scholars' Panel

Andrew Baker will introduce conference-goers to his graduate course on "The History of Cotton."A 2014 Rice PhD graduate, he has published a number of refereed articles in national scholarly journals and has a book forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. Now at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Baker teaches history courses on: Twentieth Century U.S.; Oral History and Memory; Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History; Metropolitan and Suburban History; and, the U.S. South.

Paul E. Sturdevant will present the fruit of his scholarly research with "Not Farm Women, But Farmer Women" in a re-examination of the roles of women on Texas cotton farms and elsewhere. Prof. Sturdevant is the author of numerous scholarly articles and countless conference presentations. He teaches American History at Paris Junior College, Greenville.
Eyewitness History
As usual, Dr. Jim conrad will present the conference's signature "Eyewitness to History" panel of living oral history memories of rural life from early-to-mid-twentieth century North Texas. This year's speakers will be Berniece Brown, James Narramore and Joseph MCowan.

The conference is co-sponsored by Collin College and the Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum.

Advance reservations may be made by contacting the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, 600 Interstate 30 East, Greenville, Texas 75403. The museum can be reached by telephone at (903) 454-1990 or (903) 450-4502. Please call one week in advance to reserve your registration. There is a $12 registration fee to cover the barbecue lunch.               

Past Cotton and Rural History Conferences

For 21 years this gathering has benefited from the generosity of notable and award-winning scholars who have presented their work in the fields of history, folklore, and the oral narrative. They have included J. Brett Adams, Jacques D. Bagur, Bruce Baker, Sven Beckert, Amanda B. Biles, D. Clayton Brown, Walter Buenger, the late Robert A. Calvert, Jr., Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, Adrienne Caughfield, James H. Conrad, Edward Countryman, Light T. Cummins, Pamela Gaiter, Karen Gerhardt, James C. Giesen, Chris Grooms, Eric Gruver, the late John Hanners, Paul Harvey, Jr., John Jackson, Melissa Johnson, Deborah Kilgore, Susan Lanning, Gwendolyn Lawe, Debbie Liles, Jeffrey Littlejohn, John Lundberg, Michelle Mears, Kay Mizell, Lois E. Myers, Nick Nelson, Kristopher Paschal, Deborah Porter, Jeri Reed, Debra Reid, Rebecca Sharpless, Cameron Sinclair, Thad Sitton, the late James M. Smallwood, Paul E. Sturdevant, Susanne Summers, Carol Taylor, Andres Tijerina, Andrew Torget, Stephen A. Townsend, Sam Tullock, Leland Turner, Keith Volanto, Jeannie Whayne, Patricia Wingate, Lee Winniford, Dan K. Utley, Scott Yarbrough and Nancy Beck Young.

Presenters have represented colleges, universities, libraries and museums from across Texas and the nation including Austin College, the University of Arkansas, Baylor University, Burton Cotton Gin Museum, Collin College, the University of Central Oklahoma, Eastern Illinois University, Harvard University, Hill College, the Heritage Farmstead Museum, the University of Houston, the University of Illinois-Chicago, A.C. McMillan African-American Museum, Mississippi State University, University of Newcastle (UK), New Mexico Junior College, the University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, Paris Junior College, Sam Houston State University, St. Edward's University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman's University and the Weslaco Bi-Cultural Museum.

Kyle Wilkison and James H. Conrad co-chair the annual event and welcome paper proposals from historians working in the fields of rural, social or agricultural history.  Please submit proposals to Kyle Wilkison at the address below:  

Kyle Wilkison, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Department of History
Collin College
Plano, Texas 75074
(972) 881-5834
FAX: (972) 881-5700

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