Associate Professor of History

curriculum vitae (partially updated 8/15/2003)

Auburn University History Department

310 Thach Hall

Auburn University, Alabama  36849-5207

(334) 844-6859

(334) 844-6673 (fax)

dcarter@auburn.edu (e-mail)

http://www.auburn.edu/~cartedc/ (webpage)



Associate Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2000-present
Visiting Instructor in History, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 1999-2000

John R. Alden Named Instructor in History, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1998-1999




Ph.D., Duke University (May, 2001)


Dissertation: “‘Two Nations’:  Social Insurgency and National Civil Rights Policymaking

in the Johnson Administration, 1965-1968” 

B.A. with highest honors in History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (May, 1992)




Marguerite Scharnagel Award of the Auburn University History Department to Fund Research and Professional Development, 2003

 Auburn University Competitive Research Grant, University-wide research award, Summer 2003

 Auburn University College of Liberal Arts Discretionary Research Grant, Summer 2002

 Project Consultant for Civil Rights Content, assisting scholars in the Departments of Education at Auburn University and Indiana University who recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for “Reasoning About Critical Issues of the Civil Rights Movement,” a multimedia project grounded in problem-based inquiry as a means of assisting high school teachers in teaching about the history of the modern civil rights movement.  The grant was awarded in Spring 2002, one of only fourteen successful NEH grant proposals in this category nationwide, with the total grant amount in excess of $200,000. 

 Robert Diggs Wimberly Connor Award for 1998/1999, presented November 18, 1999 by the Historical Society of North Carolina for the best article to appear in the North Carolina Historical Review in the preceding year, awarded for “The Williamston Freedom Movement: Civil Rights at the Grass Roots in Eastern North Carolina, 1957-1964”

 John R. Alden Named Instructor Fellowship, Duke University, 1998-1999

 Moody Research Grant of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, 1997

 Mellon Foundation Dissertation Research Seminar Grant, 1995

 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1992-1996

 James B. Duke Fellowship, 1992-1996

 Frank W. Ryan Prize for Outstanding Work in Undergraduate Honors, awarded by the University of North Carolina History Department Prize Committee, May 1992, for “Outraged Justice: The Lynching of Postmaster Frazier Baker in Lake City, South Carolina in 1898,” under the direction of Joel Williamson

 UNC-CH Parents’ Council Research Grant, 1991-1992

 President, Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1991-1992






“The Williamston Freedom Movement: Civil Rights at the Grass Roots in Eastern North Carolina, 1957-1964,” North Carolina Historical Review 76, no. 1 (Raleigh, N.C., January, 1999): 1-42

 “The Lynching of Postmaster Frazier Baker and His Infant Daughter Julia in Lake City, South Carolina, in 1898 and its Aftermath,” on Carol Sears Botsch and Robert E. Botsch, eds., “African-Americans and South Carolina: History, Politics, and Culture” Webpage (University of South Carolina – Aiken, August, 1998) (article url: http://www.usca.sc.edu/aasc/lakecity.htm   website url: http://www.usca.edu/aasc/)

(refereed submission reviewed by editorial board composed of professionals in the social sciences and humanities;  article targeted at a general audience, especially high school social studies students)




“Julian Bond” and “Andrew Young,” encyclopedia articles in Waldo Martin and Patricia Sullivan, eds., Civil Rights in the United States (New York: Macmillan, 2000), 88-90, 824-26.




Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed the Face of America, by Frye Gaillard. Reviewed for the University of Alabama Press, winter 2002-2003.

 Book Review of William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, and  Robert Korstad, eds., Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South, forthcoming in the North Carolina Historical Review

 Book Review of John Philip Colletta, Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath, forthcoming in the Journal of Southern History

 Book Review of Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy, forthcoming in the Alabama Review

 Book Review of Glenda Alice Rabby, The Pain and the Promise: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Tallahassee, Florida, appeared in the North Carolina Historical Review 77, no. 1 (Raleigh, N.C., January, 2000): 111-13



“‘Another Nation’: Social Insurgency and National Civil Rights Policymaking in the Johnson Administration, 1965-1968,” forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press. The book examines how consistent patterns of misperception, miscommunication, and mutual distrust damaged the evolving relationships between the Administration of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and reform advocates following passage of landmark civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965, a period historians have yet to document adequately. I argue that “high politics” and grassroots organizing were organically inter-related; White House policy between 1965 and 1968 took shape in response to an increasingly diverse spectrum of protest movements, in a typically unacknowledged dialogue with local events including anti-poverty program controversies and the nation’s mounting urban crisis. As Administration officials agonized over the perceived political ramifications of successive “long, hot summers” of riots, the often-exaggerated specter of a white “backlash” threatened to paralyze the White House in its search for a national consensus on how to address the “problem” of race. While the Vietnam War’s dampening effect on domestic reform both fiscally and ideologically is undeniable, this study devotes careful attention to the ways in which the executive branch proved slow to adjust to the dramatic expansion of civil rights leadership; Administration officials were alarmed by changes in both the substance of demands for reform and the ideological orientation, class, style, and gender of unfamiliar African American movement leaders.

“Romper Lobbies and Coloring Lessons: Grassroots Visions and Political Realities in the Battle for Head Start in Mississippi, 1965-1967.” An article-length piece to be included in a collection of essays under the working title “The Making of a New South,” edited by Paul Cimbala, Barton C. Shaw, and Patricia Sullivan, currently under review by the University Press of Florida, “New Perspectives on the History of The South” series edited by John David Smith.

“The Crisis of Victory: Race, Riots, and the Johnson Tapes, 1964-1966,” working title for book project co-edited with Kent B. Germany, Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. We are collaborating on a volume which will have at the heart of its narrative extensively annotated transcriptions of tape recordings from the White House of President Lyndon B. Johnson having to do with civil rights and race relations from passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through mid-1966. Specific topics covered in the presidential conversations and at the center of the volume’s narrative and analysis include the dilemmas of school desegregation, the murders of civil rights activists, and the Administration’s exasperation with urban racial riots and fears of a growing white “backlash.” The Miller Center been subsidizing our ongoing work on the project and funding research assistants who assist in the work of transcribing taped presidential conversations.





“Complicating the ‘Tragic Narrative’:  Reflections on Civil Rights Historiography for the Years 1964 to 1968”

(delivered at the Miller Center of Public Affairs Presidential Recordings Program Historians’ Conference, 26 April 2003)


“Romper Lobbies and Coloring Lessons: Mississippi’s Head Start Programs and the Dilemma of Desegregation, 1965-1967”

(delivered at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tennessee, 4 April 2003, panel entitled “Children and the Color Line: Parental Activism and Political Battles Over Public School Desegregation in Comparative Context”)

Chair and commentator for three paper-session entitled “Uncommon Violence: Exceptional Lynchings, Race Riots, and Counterterror in Southern History”

(International Conference on Lynching and Racial Violence in America: Histories and Legacies, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 4 October 2002)

“Exploring the Geography of the Civil Rights Movement: Teaching Diversity Through a Hands-On Historical Fieldtrip”

(delivered as co-presenter along with Joanna Lee, Director of Affirmative Action at Bates College, at the “Integrity and Inclusion: Diversity in the Academic Curriculum and Beyond” conference at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2 November 2001)

 “Re-constructing Lynching: White Memory, Narrative Editing, and the Lynchings of Frazier and Julia Baker in Lake City, South Carolina in 1898, and Joseph Cross in Williamston, North Carolina in 1957”   

(delivered at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Buffalo, New York, 15 October 1998, panel entitled “The Segregation of Memory”)

“Scouting the ‘Star-Spangled Jungles’: The Johnson Administration, Urban Unrest, and Civil Rights, 1966-1967”

(delivered at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, 4 April 1998, panel entitled “Cities and Civil Rights: African American Community Politics, Urban Unrest, and Civil Rights in the Black Power Period”)




Guest Symposium Commentator for the “Impact of the HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] on the Advancement of Civil Rights” Symposium

(part of the Inaugural Activities for Dr. Joe A. Lee, 11th president of Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, 22 April 2003)

Chair and discussion moderator for four paper-session entitled “Issues of Race, Gender and Populism in 20th Century America”

(“Envisioning the Future Through the Eyes of the Past,” Phi Alpha Theta Alabama Regional Meeting, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama 15 March 2003)

 “‘Let Nobody Turn Us Around’:  Using a Web-Based Multimedia Database to Teach Critical Issues in the History of the Civil Rights Movement”

(75-minute multimedia presentation delivered at the Alabama Association of Historians meeting, Montevallo, Alabama, 8 February 2003)

 “‘Bomb Throwers’ or ‘Babes in the Woods’: Deep South Grassroots Participants and the 1966 White House Conference on Civil Rights”

(delivered at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 7 November 2002, panel entitled “Expanding the Civil Rights Agenda: Local and National Perspectives on the War on Poverty in the Deep South, 1965-1968”)

“Race, Politics, and the War on Poverty in Alabama and Mississippi, 1964-1968”

(delivered at the Alabama Historical Association meeting, Mobile, Alabama, 20 April 2002)

 “‘I Don’t Intend to Move’: Memory, Protest, and the Williamston Freedom Movement, 1963-1964”  

(delivered at the “North Carolina in the Modern Civil Rights Movement” Symposium, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1 October 1999)




“She Caused a ‘Hell of a Disturbance’”

(introductory remarks delivered before presentation by Joan Browning, distinguished civil rights activist and veteran of the 1961 Freedom Rides, Auburn University, 12 March 2003)

 “New Resources for Teaching about Alabama’s Role as the ‘Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement’”

(multimedia presentation at Civil Rights Steering Group meeting at Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, discussing NEH-funded project “Reasoning about Critical Issues of the Civil Rights Movement” which  uses Decision Point!, a technology-supported learning environment, to assist students and teachers in thinking with rigor about of the events and issues of the civil rights movement, 5 February 2003)

“What Do We Tell Our Children? Teaching About Lynching in a Culture of Historical Amnesia”

(remarks delivered as part of panel discussion “Strange Fruit in Context: A Discussion on Lynchings and Hate Crime,” October 9, 2002, in conjunction with Auburn Theater premiere of Strange Fruit: The Story of an Alabama Lynching, by Dyann Robinson)

“Rethinking ‘My Country Right or Wrong’: Race and Patriotism in Historical Perspective”

(remarks delivered as part of panel discussion on patriotism at Young Adult Coffeehouse, a regular program for junior high-aged students, Auburn Public Library, 7 February 2002)

“Beyond ‘Reactionaries and Tin Horn Right Wingers’: Race, Politics, and the War on Poverty in Alabama and Mississippi, 1964-1968”

(workshop discussion of paper in progress, ongoing workshop in Auburn University Department of History entitled “Society and the Question of Progress,” 22 February 2002)

“Airbrushing History:  Rights, Resources, and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement”

(delivered at inaugural gathering of Auburn University History Club, 6 December 2001)

 “‘Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community?’: Roger Wilkins as an Interpreter Across the Color Line”

(remarks delivered as part of panel discussion with distinguished activist, journalist, and educator Roger Wilkins, Auburn University, 3 December 2001)

“‘The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter’: American Women on the Home Front During World War II”

(delivered at Atria Auburn Retirement Community, Auburn, Alabama, 19 October 2000)

 “Daughters of the Revolution, Mothers of the Republic: Making Room for Women in Revolutionary and Early National American History”

(delivered at a gathering of DAR and SAR chapters at the Saugahatchee Country Club in Auburn, Alabama, 20 September 2000)




Teaching Workshop Leader in “American Heritage Academy Teaching American History Grant Program,” beginning in summer 2003;  my involvement in this project comes in the implementation of the “increasing teachers’ content knowledge of American history,” particularly civil rights history, element of a grant of $999,944 awarded to Opelika / Auburn schools from the Teaching American History Grant program, a discretionary grant program funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

 Local Committee of the Clifford and Virginia Durr Memorial Lecture Series, 2003-present.  The Durr lectures, currently in their 12th year and hosted annually by Auburn University Montgomery, have featured speakers including Lady Bird Johnson (former First Lady), Hugo L. Black, Jr., Art Buchwald, Burke Marshall, John Kenneth Galbraith, Studs Terkel, Wayne Flynt, John Lewis, Blanche Wiesen Cook, and others.   Along with helping to publicize the annual lecture and raising money to sustain and build the endowment, Local Committee members help to coordinate plans for future lecture speakers.

 Volunteer, Annual Historical Fair sponsored by the Lee County Historical Society, 19 October 2002

 Project Consultant on Civil Rights Content, advisory board member, and recruiter of historians to serve on advisory board for  “Reasoning About Critical Issues of the Civil Rights Movement,” 2001-present; an NEH grant administered by John Saye of the Auburn University College of Education and Tom Brush of Indiana University’s School of Education that has developed a multimedia database project grounded in problem-based inquiry as a means of assisting high school teachers in teaching about the history of the modern civil rights movement, 2001-present.  As part of the implementation of the grant [see above under GRANTS for details of $200,000 total grant award], I have served as lead historian overseeing database content and supervised the larger Advisory Board of historians as they examined the Project’s multimedia content.  I will also contribute to seminar modules on civil rights history and historical thinking when high school teachers come to Auburn University in the summer of 2003 for a two-week intensive seminar on how to teach civil rights history to high school students using the methodology of problem-based inquiry.

 Member of Planning Committee for “Transforming America: Alabama and the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” 2000-present, a broad effort spearheaded by the Auburn University Center for the Arts and Humanities to create statewide public programming in 2004-2006 that encourages public dialogue about Alabama civil rights events that helped transform American society.  “Transforming America” was awarded a NEH Public Program consultation grant in July 2001





Auburn University History Department Information Technology Committee, 2001-present

 Auburn University Phi Alpha Theta Faculty Academic Advisor, 2000-present, organizer and host of “History and Memory” Phi Alpha Theta Alabama Regional Meeting at Auburn University, April 6, 2002

 “Quilts of Gees Bend in Context,” participation with interdisciplinary group of Auburn University scholars led by Alicia Carroll (English Dept.) and Mary Kuntz (Foreign Languages and Literatures) working with larger state, regional, and national networks to provide contextual background and curriculum enhancement in conjunction with the much-anticipated exhibition of quilts from the famous Gees Bend quilting collective in Auburn University’s new art museum, 2003-present.  Served on committee to select the faculty participants for Summer 2003 Quilts of Gees Bend Content Development Workshop in April, 2003.

 Chair of Ad Hoc Committee on Developing Pilot Programs for Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Spring 2003

 Participant in “Assurance Seminar” for Social Science Education Program of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the Auburn University College of Education, 12 April 2002.  Designed by Richard Kunkel, former Executive Director of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Unit Assurance Curriculum Design Seminars are conducted every three years to assure that the programs preparing teachers are responding to national standards.

 Planning Committee for Women’s History month, Spring 2002

 Bates College Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Planning Committee, 1999-2000




Program Committee Co-Chair, Alabama Association of Historians, 2003-2004

 2004 Membership Committee of the Southern Historical Association

 2003 Membership Committee of the Southern Historical Association




Southern Historical Association (since 1992, life member since 1995)

 Organization of American Historians (since 1993)

 Alabama Historical Association (since 2000)

 Alabama Association of Historians (life member since 2000)

 American Association of University Professors (since 2000)

 Phi Alpha Theta (since 2001)

 Phi Beta Kappa (since 1991)




History of the American South

 Civil Rights Movement

 Twentieth Century U.S. History

 World History

 History of American Anti-Communism

 African American History

 Oral History Methodology and Theory

 Historical Memory




Available upon request.