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Dr. Jack Bass is professor of humanities and social sciences emeritus at the College of Charleston. He is the author or co-author of eight books on the history of the American South. His works have focused on Southern politics, race relations, and the role of law in shaping the civil rights era. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Dr. Bass studied as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University. After 13 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, twice named South Carolina "journalist of the year," he spent two years as a research scholar at Duke University and 18 months at the Institute of Legal History at the University of South Carolina. He served for five years as director of American South Special Projects at the University of South Carolina, where he produced a 14-part television course, "The American South Comes of Age." He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, and the New York Times.