Professor Dan Carter teaches 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 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 western North Carolina. I have become increasingly involved in local and regional politics, serving on the board of the Western North Carolina American Civil Union and actively participating in the local and state Democratic Party. I also continue to write and to lecture. Over the past year I have written a new and extended introduction to the third edition of my book on the Scottsboro case and contributed essays to Dissent magazine and to the Unitarian Universalist World. Most recently have recently completed an essay in a collection marking the 60th anniversary of the publication of V.O. Key’s Southern Politics in State and Nation. During the fall of 2009 I was the Dow Research Professor at the Roosevelt Center in Middelburg the Netherlands, where I worked on my study of the right-wing Klansman and best-selling author, Asa (a.k.a. “Forrest”) Carter.