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Irvin D.S. Winsboro

Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7176
E-Mail: iwinsbor@fgcu.edu
Office: Library 333

Professor, U.S. History

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Ph.D., History, University of Akron, 1983
M.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1973
B.S., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1971

Research and Teaching Interests

African American Studies, U.S. social and cultural, Florida and Southwest Florida

 Courses Offered

  • AMH 2010 U.S. History to 1877
  • AMH 2020 U.S. History since 1877
  • AMH 3172 The Civil War
  • AMH 3201 U.S. History, 1877-1929
  • AMH 3252 U.S. History, 1929 to Present
  • AMH 3423 Modern Florida History
  • AMH 4428 Southwest Florida History
  • AMH 3571 African-American History to 1865
  • AMH 3572 African-American History since 1865 
  • AMH 3930 Biography of America
  • HIS 4936 Pro-Seminar in History
  • AMH 6424 Modern Florida
  • AMH 6576 African-American History to 1865
  • AMH 6577 African-American History since 1865
  • AMH 6915 Research in American History
  • AMH 6939 Graduate Seminar in American History

Selected Books

  • Editor, Florida’s Freedom Struggle:  The Black Experience in Florida From Colonial Times to the New Millennium (Cocoa, FL:  Florida Historical Society Press, 2011).
  • Editor, Old South, New South, or Down South?: Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement (Morgantown, WV:  West Virginia University Press, 2009).
  • Editor, Florida’s Civil War: Explorations into Conflict, Interpretations, and Memory (Cocoa, FL:  Florida Historical Society Press, 2007).
  • Feminism and Black Activism in Contemporary America:  An Ideological Assessment.   Westport, CT:  Greenwood, 1989; second printing, 1994.  

Selected Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays:

  • with Joe Knetsch, “Florida Slaves, the ‘Saltwater Railroad’ to the Bahamas, and Anglo-American Diplomacy,” Journal of Southern History, vol. 74, no. 1 (February 2013), 51-78.
  • with William Mack, “Blue Water, Brown Water, and Confederate Disloyalty: The Peculiar and Personal Naval Conflict in South Florida during the Civil War,” Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 90, no. 2 (2011): pp. 34-60.
  • “Florida’s Troubling and Violent Racial Past,” in Irvin D.S. Winsboro, ed., Florida’s Freedom Struggle: The Black Experience from Colonial Time to the New Millennium (Cocoa, FL:  Florida Historical Society Press, 2011), pp. 265–279.
  • “Image, Illusion, and Reality:  Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement in Historical Perspective,” in Irvin D.S. Winsboro, ed., Old South, New South, or Down South?:  Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement (Morgantown, WV:  West Virginia University Press 2009), pp. 1–21.
  • with Michael Epple, “Religion, Culture, and the Cold War:  Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and America’s Anti-Communist Crusade of the 1950s,” The Historian, Vol. 71, no. 2 (Summer 2009), pp. 209–233.
  • “Brotherhood of Defiance:  The State-Local Relationship in the Desegregation of Lee County Public Schools, 1954–1969,” in Irvin D.S. Winsboro, ed., Old South, New South, or Down South?: Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement (Morgantown, WV:  West Virginia University Press, 2009), pp. 68–86.
  • with Donald K. Routh, “Utopia’s Healing Messiah: Dr. Cyrus R. Teed of Chicago and the National Mind-Cure Movement,” Journal of Illinois History, Vol. 11, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 74-94.
  • “Conflict, Interpretations, and Memory from 1909 to 1999,” in Irvin D.S. Winsboro, ed. Florida’s Civil War:  Explorations into Conflict, Interpretations and Memory (Cocoa, FL:  Florida Historical Society Press, 2007), pp. 215–219.
  • “Give Them Their Due:  A Reassessment of African-American and Union Military Service in Florida During the Civil War,” The Journal of African American History, Vol. 92, no. 3 (Summer 2007), pp. 327–346.
  • “Paradigms from the Past: Radical Feminism and the Contemporary Movement in North America,” McNeese Review, Vol.44 (2006), pp. 1-22.
  • “The Koreshan Communitarians: Papers and Publications in Estero, 1894–1963,” The Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 83, no. 2 (Fall 2004), pp. 173-190.
  • “Latin American Women in Literature and Reality,” in Harold Bloom, ed., 100 Years of Solitude: Modern Critical Interpretations, Essays in Honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003), pp. 151–160.
  • with Moses S. Musoke “Lead Us Not into Temptation:  Race, Rhetoric, and Reality in Southern Populism,” The Historian, Vol. 65, no. 6  (Winter 2003), pp. 1354–1374.
  • “The New Life is Here:  The Koreshan Unity and Its Commercial Enterprises in South Florida, 1894–1961,” Communal Societies: Journal of the Communal Studies Association, Vol. 22 (2002), pp. 45–66.
  • “Crimes against Humanity and the NAACP:  A Teaching Tool for the Social Studies Classroom,” Trends and Issues, Vol. 14, no. 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 42–45.
  • “Technology and Distance Learning Lessons from the Nation’s Newest University: Perceptions and Reality,” Educational Forum, Vol. 66, no. 3 (Spring 2002), pp. 247–252.
  • “The 1900s: Immigrant Cigar-Makers,” in James Horgan and Lewis N. Wynne, eds., Florida Decades: A Sesquicentennial History, 18451995 (St. Leo, FL:  St. Leo College Press, 1995), pp. 93–108.
  • “Reinventing History Education for the New Millennium: An Experiential Model,” in Irvin D. S. Winsboro, ed., Selected Annual Proceedings of the Florida Conference of Historians, vols. 8/9 (Jacksonville, FL: Florida Conference of Historians/Jacksonville University, 2002), pp. 147–153.
  • with Peter O. Muller, “Florida: The Sunshine State,” The World Book Encyclopedia (Chicago: World Book Publishing, 2002), pp. 242–266. 
  • “Shared Spheres: The Public Policy of Contemporary Feminism and Civil Rights,” in David B. Mock, ed., History and Public Policy (Melbourne, FL:  Krieger, 1993), pp. 175–195.

Grants and Awards

  • Honored as a featured author of the year at the Florida Heritage Book Festival Book Festival and Writers Conference, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL, 13-15 September, 2012.
  • Senior Faculty Scholar Excellence Award, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2011.
  • Florida Historical Society’s Stetson Kennedy Book Award 2011 for Florida’s Freedom Struggle: The Black Experience in Florida From Colonial Time to the New Millennium.
  • Florida Historical Society’s Harry V. and Harriettee T. Moore Book Award for Old South, New South, or Down South?: Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, 2010.
  • Distinguished Alumni Educator Award, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Winner with Grace Erhart of the Florida Historical Society's Arthur W. Thompson Award for the best scholarly article in Florida history for "Race and Civil War in South Florida."
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Florida, Fort Myers campus, 1997.
  • Graduating Class Student Service Award, University of South Florida, Fort Myers campus, 1995.
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Columbia College, Orlando campus, 1985.

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