Marion B. Lucas, Professor Emeritus
Professor of History and
University Distinguished Professor
Department of History, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576
Office Phone (270) 745-5736
Office Fax (270) 745-2950
Home phone (270) 843-8580
WKU History Department Home Page

December 1998
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Vitae Summary
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 1965

Teaching Experience:
Western Kentucky University since 1966
Morehead State University 1964-1966

Honors and Awards:
Phi Kappa Phi
The Otto A. Rothert Award
The Richard H. Collins Award
The Potter College Research Award
The Western Kentucky University Research Award
The Jefferson Community College, Black Affairs Committee, Community Service Award
Kentucky Bicentennial Commission Certificate
Selected University Distinguished Professor, 1999

Hutchins Library and Berea College Archives
Berea, Kentucky

Page one of the "Journal of William E. Barton," located at Berea College Archives.  Barton attended Berea College from 1881 until his graduation in 1884.  "Will," as he was know on campus, later became one of America's best-known, most-influential ministers.  A racially integrated college, Berea's student body was about 50 percent African American from 1866 to about 1894 when the number of white students increased sharply. Blacks attended Berea College until 1904 when the Kentucky legislature enacted the infamous "Day Law" which required segregation, even in private schools.

Publications Books:

 A History of Blacks in Kentucky: From Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891. Frankfort, Kentucky: The
            Kentucky Historical Society, 2003; 2nd printing. Click here to purchase this book.

    A History of Blacks in Kentucky. Volume 1: From Slavery to Segregation, 1760-1891. Frankfort,
            Kentucky: The Kentucky Historical Society, 1992.

School for Refugees, Camp Nelson, Kentucky, 1864

                                                                                                                                    Courtesy, Berea College Archives

Sherman and the Burning of Columbia. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1976; second printing, Paperback, 1988. Third printing, forthcoming spring 2000, University of South Carolina Press.

Who Burned Columbia?
View: Columbia, spring 1865, looking northward up Richardson [Main] Street, from the State House grounds.

Courtesy South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina
    The burning of Columbia February 17-18, 1865, was one of the major controversies to arise from Sherman's "March through the Carolinas."  The fire consumed 458 buildings, approximately one-third of the city.

Cover of the third printing of Sherman and the Burning of Columbia,
published by the University of South Carolina Press, 2000

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    I have written articles for The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, The Filson Club History Quarterly, Sandlapper: The Magazine of South Carolina, The Florida Historical Quarterly, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, and chapters in America's Heritage in the Twentieth Century and European Traditions in the Twentieth Century published by Forum Press. One of my articles won the Otto A. Rothert Award, another won the Richard H. Collins Award, and another was reprinted in an anthology. I have written short articles and biographies in Civil Rights in the United States, American National Biography, Kentucke: A Magazine of Bluegrass Heritage, Alumni: Western Kentucky University Magazine, the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, Biographical Dictionary of the Union: Northern Leaders of the Civil War, The Kentucky Encyclopedia, Dictionary of Afro-American History, Bowling Green Magazine, The Louisville Defender, Dictionary of American Military Biography, and the Encyclopedia of Southern History. During my career, I have received grants totaling $24,000.

South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina

                                                                                                                                         Photograph by M.B. Lucas

One of the oldest college library buildings in the nation, erected 1840

Papers and Panels:

    I have made conference appearances, presenting papers or serving on panels, on fifteen occasions, and I have reviewed manuscripts for The University Press of Kentucky, The Popular Press of Bowling Green State University, The Journal of Southern History, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, The Filson Club History Quarterly, and the Kentucky Humanities Council.


    I am a member of the Southern Historical Association, The Kentucky Historical Society, The Filson Club History Society, The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, and the American Association of University Professors.

Public Service:

    My public service includes serving as a consultant for local and regional radio and television stations; and for scholars, writers, magazines, and universities. I have given speeches to more than thirty civic, fraternal, elder hostels, and historical organizations.  I am also coordinator for the WKU History Contest as well as representative for the James Madison Fellowship Program.  Click here for information on the WKU James Madison Fellowship Representative and here for the national office of the James Madison Fellowship Program.
    I have been Director of the Ohio Valley History Conference which originated at Western Kentucky University.

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