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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Lacy K. Ford

Lacy K. FordLacy K. Ford is dean of arts and sciences and a professor of history at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century southern and U.S. history. His most recent book, Deliver Us From Evil: The Slavery Question in the Old South (2009), and his 2008 Journal of American History article, "Reconfiguring the Old South: Solving the Problem of Slavery, 1787-1838," (featured on the Teaching the JAH web project, focus on the emergence of a distinct paternalist ideology in the Old South and its evolving influence on white southern society. Ford also maintains a research focus on the economy of the modern South.