Samuel C. Hyde, Jr., is Leon Ford professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University and the director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. He is the author and editor of numerous books about the history of Louisiana's Florida Parishes, including, A Fierce and Fractious Frontier. The Curious Development of Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1699-2000.
Praise for The Enigmatic South
“In this collection of essays, well-edited by Samuel C. Hyde, Jr., Cooper’s former students and colleagues express their gratitude to [William Cooper Jr.] and also demonstrate the remarkable range of his influence. . . . Well-written, carefully researched, and Cooperian in the vigor of their arguments, these essays are a fitting tribute to a master teacher and scholar, and – not incidentally – friend.”—Civil War Book Review
“An interesting and varied festschrift to the eminent historian of the South William J. Cooper Jr. . . . Each essay within The Enigmatic South is an original, thoughtful, and thought-provoking contribution, rendering the whole even more than the sum of its parts.”—Journal of American History
“Each of the nine essayists manages to explore scholarly interests central to Cooper’s career and simultaneously challenge a number of preconceptions about the South in unique ways. . . . The essays in The Enigmatic South are perceptive, illuminating, thoughtful, and generally persuasive. Moreover, they manage to breathe life and freshness into the history of the nineteenth-century South while doing honor to Cooper’s distinguished career and wide-ranging scholarship.”—Journal of Southern History
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