Dr Benjamin Houston
Senior Lecturer in Modern US History
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7919
- Address: Room 1.39A
Newcastle upon Tyne
Semester 2 Office Hours
before Easter Break: Wednesdays 11--12:30; Thursday 1--2:30.
after Easter Break: Tuesdays 11--12:30; Wednesdays 11--12:30.
Civil Rights & The African American Freedom Struggle
The U.S. South
20th Century US History
My first book, The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Southern City, was a community study of race relations and the Movement in Nashville, Tennessee. It focused on the evolving relationship between racial law and racial custom (as exhibited by a number of different settings within the city) and how this relationship conditioned the cultural attitudes of whites and African Americans. The book was awarded the Tennessee History Book Award (from the Tennessee Historical Commission & Tennessee Library Association) and the Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize (from the British Association of American Studies and the University of East Anglia).
My current research agenda is preoccupied with several assorted projects. I am currently completing a teaching-oriented textbook on the 1960 sit-ins, and an edited monograph of oral histories on the African-American experience in Pittsburgh. Future project themes include nonviolent direct action and post-civil rights era black politics.
I welcome inquiries about postgraduate supervision in my research areas.
Director, Remembering African American Pittsburgh (RAP) Oral History Project, sponsored by the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA).
I am currently module leader and/or tutor for:
HIS1030 Evidence and Argument
HIS1046 The Americas
HIS2080 Final Frontiers: America in the Space Age
HIS3125 Cultural Identities and the Counterculture in 1960s America.
HIS3240 Civil Rights in America
HIS3008 Reading History
HIS3010 Writing History
HIS8031 Advanced themes in the History of the Americas MA (contributor)
HIS8103: The Southern Civil Rights Movement
- Houston B. The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Southern City. Georgia, USA: University of Georgia Press, 2012.
- Houston B. "The Aquinas of the Rednecks": reconciliation, the southern character, and the bootleg ministry of Will D. Campbell. The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 2011, 4(2), 135-150.
- Houston B. Donald Davidson and the Segregationist Intellect. In: Kilbride, D.; Frank, L.T, ed. Southern Character: Essays in Honor of Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Florida: University Press of Florida, 2011, pp.160-177.
- Houston B. A Conversation with Will D. Campbell. Journal of Southern Religion 2007, 10, -.
- Houston B. Voice of the Exploited Majority: Claude Kirk and the 1970 Manatee County Forced Busing Incident. Florida Historical Quarterly 2005, 83(3), 258-286.
- Houston B. Before The Bridge: Grassroots Activism in Selma in the Early 1960s. In: Street J; Lozano HK, ed. The Shadow of Selma. Florida: University Press of Florida, 2018, pp.37-57.