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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Bryant Simon

Bryant SimonBryant Simon, professor of history at Temple University, is the author of A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910–1948 (1998) and Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (2004), and a coeditor of Jumpin’ Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights (2000). Most recently, he wrote Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks (2009). Currently he is working on a broad-ranging study of the high costs of cheap food built around the tragic story of the fatal factory fire in Hamlet, North Carolina, in 1991 where twenty-five workers died behind locked doors. They made chicken tenders that sold at Shoney's for $1.99, fries and a drink included.