Baylor Department of History Will Present Annual Women's History Month Lecture

March 3, 2011

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The Baylor University department of history will host Dr. Victoria Bynum, Professor Emeritus at Texas State University, for a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Room 100 of Morrison Hall on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the department of history's annual Women's History Month lecture.

Bynum will discuss "Defying Convention: Women, Race and Class in the Civil War-Era South."

Bynum, who began her college education at age 26, received her bachelor's degree from California State University in Chico, and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California in San Diego. She began teaching in the department of history at Texas State in 1986.

Her historical interests center on gender, race and class relations in the 19th-century South, with her recent research focusing on connections between New South political radicalism and Civil War Unionism, and the effects of post-Civil War violence and racial segregation on interracial communities in the New South.

She has written three books: "The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies" (2010), "The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War" (2001) and "Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South" (1992). The latter was the 1994 winner of Phi Alpha Theta's Best First Book Award.

Morrison Hall is at 1410 S. Fifth St.

For more information, call 254-710-2667 or visit

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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