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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

W. Fitzhugh BrundageAfter studying lynching and racial violence in the South, W. Fitzhugh Brundage's interests shifted to the study of historical memory and American mass culture. In The Southern Past (2005), he traces the contests over memory that divided southerners, both white and black, during the past century and a half. His particular concern is the role of contests over the past as an obstacle to the emergence and recognition of pluralism in the modern South. In Beyond Blackface (2011) he brought together musicologists, cultural historians, literary scholars, and drama historians to trace the role of African Americans as creators and consumers of popular culture from 1890 to 1930. At present, he is working on a history of torture in the United States from 1500 to 2010.