OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Raymond O. Arsenault

Portrait of Raymond O. Arsenault

Raymond O. Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. The author of four prizewinning books on Southern history as well as the classic essay "The End of the Long Hot Summer," Arsenault has written and lectured on a wide variety of topics related to civil rights and race, regional culture, and environmental history. He is the author of The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert that Awakened America (2009) and Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2006), among other books. The latter served as the basis of the 2011 PBS American Experience documentary Freedom Riders, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson, which achieved national and international attention, winning three Emmy awards and numerous film festival honors, and is now part of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Created Equal film series.

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