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Issues with the previous version of this article
Per a request, I'm listing out the reasoning behind my gutting of this article:
Source text: "His most recent book, The Path to a Modern South: Northeast Texas Between Reconstruction and the Great Depression won the Coral H. Tullis Award for the best book on Texas published in 2001. He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association."
Article text: "His most recent book is The Path to a Modern South: Northeast Texas Between Reconstruction and the Great Depression, winner of the Coral H. Tullis Award for the best book on Texas published in 2001. He is a fellow and past president (2009–2010) of the Texas State Historical Association." (Net change - 5 words added, one changed)
The article gave undue weight to the life and death of the subject's daughter. While that was a tragedy, and the daughter did influence the passage of a law, this does not justify 3 paragraphs in an otherwise short article about the father. Articles should focus primarily on their subjects. The use of the newspaper editorial describing the child was particularly inappropriate for an encyclopedia.
The article relied heavily on primary sources, specifically the subject's resume and the Social Security Death Index. This is to be avoided in an encyclopedia, as overuse of primary sources is original research (use of the SSDI in particular is OR).
Parts of the article were unsourced, including pronunciation of the professor's name and information about his mother.