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Dan T. Carter

Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Resources: Department of History


  • B.A. University of South Carolina
  • M.A. University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D. University North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Before his retirement in 2007, Professor Dan Carter taught United States History and has a special interest in national 20th century politics and the post-Civil War American South. Dr. Carter has taught the US Since 1877 survey, the history of the New South, and courses on documentary films as well as the making of Southern culture. He has also taught graduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction,  20th century US history and the post civil-war South. His publications include: Scottsboro: a Tragedy of the American South; When the War Was Over: the Failure of Self-Reconstruction in the South, 1865-1867; The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics, and From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994.


Since retiring in June of 2007, I have moved to Brevard in the mountains of western North Carolina where  I have served as President of the local Unitarian-Universalist Congregation and as a member of  the board of the Western North Carolina American Civil Union.  While actively participating in  local and state politics I also continue to write and lecture.  Since retirement from full-time teaching, I have contributed essays to Dissent magazine and to the Unitarian Universalist World  and written a new and extended introduction to the third edition of my book on the Scottsboro case,  an introduction to a collection of essays on Southern student activism in the 1960s as well as an introductory essay for the memoirs of my late friend, Eugene “Nick” Zeigler and a lengthy essay in a collection marking the 60th anniversary of the publication of V.O. Key’s Southern Politics in State and Nation.   I have also served as an on-camera commentator and/or consultant on the PBS documentaries The People v. Leo Frank (2009), 1964  (2014) and  Klansville USA (2014).   Most recently I have worked with CNN Producer Kirk Sadusky on  Episodes 5 (“The Long March to Freedom”) and 7 (“The Times They Are A-Changing”)  part of the CNN 10 part series, The Sixties (2014)  as well as episodes of the forthcoming series on the 1970s.