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Professor Tony Badger


Tony is a historian of post-World War II American political history, and most notably the South. He has published widely on race relations, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. He was a lecturer at Newcastle University from 1971 to 1991, before joining the University of Cambridge as the Paul Mellon Professor of American History in 1992. He took up his current post at Northumbria in 2014. 



PhD in American Studies, University of Hull, 1974

MA in History, University of Cambridge, 1971

BA (Hons) in History, University of Cambridge, 1968


Books and Edited Collections

FDR: The First Hundred Days (2008) 

[edited with Byron Shafer] Contesting Democracy: The Substance and Structure of American Political History (2002)

[edited with Walter Edgar and Jan Gretlund] Southern Landscapes (1997)

[edited with Brian Ward] The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement (1996)

The New Deal: The Depression Years 1933-1940 (1989)

North Carolina and the New Deal (1981)

Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, and North Carolina (1980)


Journal Articles

'The South Confronts the Court: The Southern Manifesto of 1956,' Journal of Policy History, 20:1 (2008), pp. 126-142 

'Southerners Who Refused to Sign the Southern Manifesto,' Historical Journal, 42:2 (1999), pp. 517-534 

'"The Forerunner of Our Opposition": Arkansas and the Southern Manifesto of 1956,' Arkansas Historical Quarterly, 56:3 (Oct. 1997), pp. 353-360

'Confessions of a British Americanist,' Journal of American History, 79:2 (1992), pp. 515-523

Current and Recent Projects

Tony is currently working on a biography of southern white liberal, Albert Gore Sr., senator from Tennessee, 1953-1971.

Affiliations and Memberships

Historical Association, President, 2017- 

Kennedy Memorial Trust, Chair, 2009-2016

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