James M. SoRelle

James M. SoRelle is a professor of history and former chair of the Department of History at Baylor University. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Houston in 1972 and 1974, respectively, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1980.

As a historian specializing in the field of African American history, Dr. SoRelle has focused his research and publication on four areas of interest: (1) racial violence in Waco, Texas; (2) the development of the African American community in Houston, Texas, in the years between the two world wars; (3) the intersection between humor and protest in the African American community; and (4) the civil rights movement in Texas.

His scholarly articles have appeared in Houston Review, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and Black Dixie: Essays in Afro-Texas History and Culture in Houston (Texas A & M University Press, 1992). In addition, for the past twenty years he has served as co-editor of the two-volume reader, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American History. His teaching fields are in African American history and late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century United States history.


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