The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Call for Chapter Proposals: Southerners, Religion and Justice

Call for Chapter Proposals: Southerners, Religion and Justice
Essays concerning justice-related practices in the American South are currently being sought for an edited volume.
When some Americans think of the American South, “feel good” images of Andy Griffith, Gomer Pyle and the Wright Brothers come to mind. When others think of the South, Reverends Jim Baker and Billy Graham, Senators John Edwards and Jesse Helms, and Presidents James K. Polk and Andrew Jackson come to mind. Then there are those for whom subjects like snake charming, Bishop Daddy Grace, Father Divine and Koran burning come to mind when they think of the South. This proposed collection of chapters seeks to highlighting examples of the Southern way of life, religion and justice.
For the purpose of this call, the South will constitute the following U.S. states: Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama,
Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
Submissions are being sought in the following categories—the contents of which must constitute at least half of the author’s chapter. The suggested categories are as follows:
A. Oral histories (or personal accounts) on what it was like to be an observant member of the community during a particular time
B. Divine Justice (acts pointing to the Hand of God)
C. The Church (i.e. practices of and/or crimes against)
D. Southern Phenomena (historical in significance and with a religious thrust or argument for or against justice); and
E. People
To be considered for this edited book project, please send a 300-500 word abstract and a one-paragraph biographical statement about the author no later than March 1, 2013. Once abstracts have been accepted, the deadline for original, unpublished and completed chapters is April 15, 2013.
Final submissions must be formatted according to the latest Chicago citation style and contain a minimum of 5 references (in order to give even personal histories some scholarly context). Submitted chapters should range between 15 and 18 double-spaced, 12 pt font pages, not including the endnotes and reference pages.
Although this project does not have a publisher, a university press has already expressed an interest in this collection. Additional category details are available upon request.
Please address questions and correspondences to:
Dr. Teresa A. Booker at Please place “Southerners and the South” in the subject line.
Teresa A. Booker, PHD
Assistant Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W 59th St New York, NY 10019
New York, NY 10019 USA

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