J. Mills Thornton

Posted: August 8, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Dr. J. Mills Thornton earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974, studying under C. Vann Woodward, the leading scholar of southern history and race relations of his time. A Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Dr. Thornton is a nationally known expert on the subject of the Civil Rights Movement and local activism, and Southern history during the period from 1815 to 1877. Professor Thornton was an academic advisor to “Eyes on the Prize” and is the author of “Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma” and “Politics and Power in a Slave Society: Alabama 1800-1860.”

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