Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Obituary

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

Obituary

Article excerpt

After several years of declining health, Dewey Wesley Grantham died on August 26, 2004, in Nashville, at the age of eighty-three. Professor Grantham was born March 16, 1921, in Manassas, Georgia, and grew up in the impoverished rural South of the 1920s and 1930s. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1942, he served during World War II as a lieutenant in the Coast Guard. Alter the war he used the G.I. Bill to pursue a doctorate in history, joining Fletcher M. Green's celebrated seminar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving his doctorate in 1949, he began his teaching career with a one-year stint at North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), followed by two years at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). In 1952 he joined the history department at Vanderbilt University; he rose quickly and easily through the ranks at Vanderbilt, finally becoming the Holland M. McTyeire Professor of History in 1977, a position he would hold until his retirement in 1991. He played the central role in building Vanderbilt's graduate program in history, and through his students, as much as his writing, he shaped our understanding of the modern American South. He was a longtime and active participant in the Southern Historical Association, serving as its president in 1966.

From Grantham's pen, typewriter, and computer flowed a flood of books over the years, dealing mainly, but not exclusively, with American, especially southern, politics and policy in the twentieth century. …

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