George Tindall

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George Brown Tindall (February 26, 1921 – December 2, 2006) was an American historian and author.[1] He was also a past president of the Southern Historical Association. A professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1958 until his retirement, Tindall was "one of the nation's pre-eminent historians of the modern South."[2]

During his career he held a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a Fulbright Scholar, a visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Notable works[edit]

In 1969, Tindall's book The Emergence of the New South: 1913-1945 was given the Lillian Smith Book Award. Some of his other works include:

  • South Carolina Negroes, 1877–1900 (1952)
  • "The Benighted South: Origins of a Modern Image" (1964)
  • A Populist Reader: Selections from the Works of American Populist Leaders (1966)
  • The Disruption of the Solid South (1972)
  • The Persistent Tradition in New South Politics (1975)
  • The Ethnic Southerners (1976)
  • America: A Narrative History (1984)
  • Natives & Newcomers: Ethnic Southerners and Southern Ethnics (1995)

Personal life[edit]

Tindall grew up in Greenville, S.C., graduated from Furman University there, and then served in the Pacific theater in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He was married to Blossom McGarrity Tindall for 60 years. He is also survived by his son Bruce Tindall and his daughter Blair Tindall.


  1. ^ Fox, Margalit (2006-12-08). "George Tindall, 85, Historian Who Charted the New South, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  2. ^ Carter, Dan T. (May 2007). "In Memoriam: George Brown Tindall". Perspectives Online. 45 (5). ISSN 1556-8563. Retrieved 2013-06-21.

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