Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

History

First Advisor

Kathleen Hilliard

Abstract

This thesis confronts how the era of the New South, 1877-1940, affected the person of Robert Lee Durham. Durham, born in 1870, grew up in a traditional North Carolinian home immediately following the Civil War and experienced the tensions related to Radical Reconstruction and witnessed the creation of the Ku Klux Klan in his hometown. As the South changed, so did Durham. Eventually he turned his back on an agrarian lifestyle and became an educator, inventor, and author. His choices caused him to confront racial miscegenation, the national Democratic Party, and his own family. However, after the death of his youngest brother, Durham devoted his remaining years to a personal reinvention in order to present himself as a traditional southern man to later generations. His personal papers drive this analysis of his life, a discussion of the South, racism, legacy, and what it meant to live through the New South.

Copyright Owner

William Allen Hunt

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-28

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

90 pages

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History Commons

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