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Nan Elizabeth Woodruff

Nan Elizabeth Woodruff

Professor of Modern U.S. History and African American Studies

217 Willard Building
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. PhD, University of Tennessee, 1977


Nan Elizabeth Woodruff is a U. S. Social Historian with an interest in African American History and the social and political history of the U.S. South. Her most recent book, American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta (Harvard University Press, 2003), focused on the African American freedom struggle in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta during the first half of the twentieth century. It received the 2004 McClemore Prize and Honorable Mention for the 2004 Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change Book Prize.  The University of North Carolina Press released in 2012 a  paperback edition of American Congo. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Radical History Review, and in Charles Payne and Adam Green, Time Longer Than Rope: A Century of African American Activism, 1850-1950, among others. She is completing a book on The Legacies of Everyday Struggle: History, Memory, and Trauma in Grenada, Mississippi in the Post Civil Rights Era. In 2014-2015, she will hold a residential fellowship at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle, NC.

Recent Publications:

American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta. University of North Carolina Press, 2012, paperback edition.

Awards and Service:
Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award (2013)

Research Interests:

Twentieth-Century US:
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