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Award-Winning Historian to Speak at UMobile Hinson Lecture Series

Dr. William J. Cooper Jr., Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University, will deliver a lecture titled “Jefferson Davis and the Meaning of the Civil War” as this year’s installment of the University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series.

The lecture will be held Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium on the University of Mobile campus. The event, which includes the lecture, a reception, and a book signing, is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, professor of history at UMobile and director of the lecture series, Cooper will examine the evolving Constitutional thought of Confederate President Davis in relation to various views of the legality and necessity of secession. Burnett also noted that the topic is particularly timely as this spring marks the 150th anniversary of secession and the start of the American Civil War.

Cooper received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University after his undergraduate work at Princeton. He is the author of six books and many scholarly articles. His 2000 work “Jefferson Davis, American” won the Los Angeles Times book award for biography.

Cooper has spoken at many conferences and appeared on panels across the nation. He is the current president of the Southern Historical Association.

The Billy G. Hinson Series was established by the University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences to present academic programs dealing with southern historical topics. The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at the university. For more information, contact Burnett at 251.442.2319 or

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