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Collin College History Professor Awarded Book Prize

Professor Kyle WilkisonApril 22, 2009 – A Collin College history professor received a prestigious award for his latest book.

Dr. Kyle G. Wilkison received the 2008 T.R. Fehrenbach Award for his book Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists.

The T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award, sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission, is intended to honor original research and publication of material that preserves records, and recounts the prehistory and history of Texas. The society presented the award at a luncheon during the annual Historic Preservation Conference April 16.

In Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists, Wilkison analyzes the patterns of plain-folk life and the changes that occurred during the critical four decades spanning the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. Political protest evolved in the wake of the devastating losses experienced by the poor rural majority, and Wilkison carefully explores the interplay of religion and politics as Greenbackers, Populists, and Socialists vied for the support of the dispossessed tenant farmers and sharecroppers.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. THC staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.

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