Wayne Flynt

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Wayne Flynt
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Flynt in February 2010
James Wayne Flynt

(1940-10-04) October 4, 1940 (age 78)
Alma materFlorida State University
Samford University
OccupationProfessor of History

James Wayne Flynt (born October 4, 1940) is University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University.[1] He has won numerous teaching awards and been a Distinguished University Professor for many years. His research focuses on Southern culture, Alabama politics, Southern religion, education reform, and poverty. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Online Encyclopedia of Alabama. Flynt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard College (shortly before its reorganization as Samford University) in 1961 before taking his Master of Science (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) from Florida State University. After teaching at Samford for 12 years, he joined the faculty at Auburn University in 1977, where he remained until his retirement in 2005.


Growing up, Flynt moved around the South frequently with his parents because his father held a series of sales jobs. The family landed a couple of occasions in Anniston, Alabama, where Flynt was graduated from high school in 1958.

Flynt has written 13 books that focus largely on the historical, economic and social fabric of Alabama, including Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites (1990),[2] and he co-wrote Alabama: A History of a Deep South State,[3] both of which were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. He is editor-in-chief of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, a partnership of Auburn University and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. In 1993 he was the subject of an Alabama Public Television documentary.[4]

In 2002, the University of Alabama journalism department named Flynt as the winner of the Clarence Cason Writing Award, given to an author writing about or closely identified with the state of Alabama.[5] He was a longtime friend of Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird[6][7] and gave the eulogy at her funeral.[8] He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2006. Wayne Flynt was presented the Eugene Current-Garcia Award in 2004.

Flynt and his wife Dorothy have two sons, Sean and David.



  1. ^ "Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus, Department of History". wp.auburn.edu. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  2. ^ Times Daily. "Flynt to tell about poverty in UNA talk". March 23, 1990, p. 8A. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Gadsden Times. "Historians praise new textbook on state". July 28, 1994, p. B3. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Wayne Flynt Interview". jsr.fsu.edu. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ Tuscaloosa News. "Wayne Flynt deserves award" (Editorial). March 8, 2002, p. 6A. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "'Harper Lee's Gospel': Wayne Flynt calls friend Nelle 'great prophet of justice'". AL.com. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Harper Lee 'chortled' over 'Watchman' reviews, Wayne Flynt says". AL.com. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Private funeral service held for Harper Lee in Alabama". ABC News. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

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