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April 15, 2004

Birmingham-Southern College professor's book receives Davis Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Guy Hubbs, assistant professor of library science and archivist at Birmingham-Southern College, has received the 2003 Jefferson Davis Award for his book about Greensboro, Ala., and its Civil War Confederate military company.

Hubbs' Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community is about community building, in particular about how people in Greensboro began as modern individualists, and, through their experiences in the Civil War, emerged as traditional Southerners.

Published in 2003 by University of Georgia Press, Guarding Greensboro reached No. 3 on the local bestseller list.

The Davis Award was the first national prize established to recognize an outstanding book-length narrative about the Civil War era. Previous winners include Bell I. Wiley's Confederate Women and David H. Donald's Lincoln Twenty-three books were nominated this year and judges were all previous award winners.

Hubbs will accept the 2003 Davis Award in Richmond in June.

Guarding Greensboro presents an intellectually intriguing look at a southern community,” said one judge. “It combines political, social, and military history into a well-crafted analytical narrative based on creative and exhaustive research. The book offers a unique analysis of a single Confederate company in a broad context and at the same time addresses questions of central importance about the nature of Southern identity.” Another judge said, “It is a marvelous book. I know of no other quite like it.”

Hubbs, who joined the Birmingham-Southern faculty in 1999, received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University, his master's degree from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama.




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