Dr. George Rable Honored for Damn Yankees

Dr. George Rable and his new book, Damn Yankees.

Dr. George Rable and his new book, Damn Yankees.

The History Department came together yesterday to celebrate the publication of Dr. George Rable’s sixth and latest book, Damn Yankees: Demonization and Defiance in the Confederate South (Louisiana State University Press, 2015). Dr. Kari Frederickson began the event by noting that the book is drawn from talks delivered for the Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History, a prestigious series that has featured some of the most notable southern historians in the country. Dr. Lawrence Kohl spoke about the contribution made by Rable’s newest work, stating that the book illuminates the ways in which southerners during the Civil War vilified northerners in order to strengthen wartime resistance. Rable’s book argues that these depictions and stereotypes continued well after the end of armed conflict, shaping the way southerners perceived the post-bellum world, and contributing to the fraught legacy of the period. Dr. Rable spoke briefly about his participation in the Fleming lectures, and thanking the members of the department for the celebration. Dr. Rable’s long and productive career will be feted again in the fall, at a conference devoted to his contributions to the field of southern history.

Dr. Rable speaks as guests enter the Summersell Room.

Dr. Rable speaks as guests enter the Summersell Room.

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