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Sam Hyde Dr. Sam Hyde

Position: Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies; Professor of History, Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies
Fields of Study: Old and New US South, Patterns of Rural Violence, Antebellum Society and Culture, Southern Politics

Classes usually taught: Old US South, New US South, Colonial US, Graduate Seminar, Ancient China and East Asia, Modern China and East Asia, Local and Regional History

Office phone number: 985-549-2151

E-mail:shyde@southeastern.edu

Education: B.A., Tulane; M.A., University of New Orleans; Ph.D., Louisiana State University

 

Awards

  • President's Award for Excellence in Research, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2014
  • "Lifetime Achievement Award for Remarkable Efforts in Historical Research and Preservation," Foundation for Historical Louisiana, 2014
  • Named a "Fellow" of the Gulf South Historical Association, 2013
  • Emmy Award nomination for script writing "Storms: Louisiana and Nature's Wrath" episode number five of the Florida Parish Chronicles television program 2006
  • Presidents Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research, Southeastern Louisiana University, 2001
  • American Association for State and Local History Commendation for "Pistols and Politics", 1998
  • Hammond Regional Arts Foundation, Award for Outstanding Achievements in Literature, 1999
  • Newberry Foundation Fellowship, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1993
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Louisiana State University, 1993 (dissertation also selected as one of ten distinguished dissertations from among over two hundred university wide)
  • T. Harry Williams Fellowship, Louisiana State University, 1991-1992
  • Fulbright Fellowship for Overseas Study, 1989-1990
  • Rotary Foundation Fellowship for Foreign Study, 1985-1986

Films

  • "The Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy:  Saving Coastal Louisiana," 2013
  • "American Crisis, American Shame: The National Consequence of Coastal Erosion" 2008 won Gold Medal Environmental Docu-Drama Category, New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2010, and Special Jury Remi Award, Worldfest International Film Festival, 2010.
  • "The Manchac Swamp: Manmade Disaster in Search of Resolution" 2006
  • "Reluctant Americans: The West Florida Revolt, Completing the Louisiana Purchase" 2003 - recipient Silver Medal New York International Independent Film Festival and Bronze Medal Aurora Film Festival
  • "Louisiana's Florida Parishes: Securing the Good Life From a Troubled Land" 2001
  • "An Unforgotten Silence: Camp Moore The Confederate Base" 1994

Publications: Books

  • "Pistols and Politics (Second Edition):  Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810-1935," (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2018.)
  • "The Enigmatic South:  Toward Civil War and Its Legacies" (Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, 2014)
  • "A Wisconsin Yankee in Confederate Bayou Country:  The Civil War Reminiscences of a Union General"  (Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, 2009)
  • "One of the Prettiest Spots I Have Seen:  Politics, Industry, and the Destruction of the Manchac Swamp Ecosystem," with Keith M. Finley, 2006
  • Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810-1899 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996), paperback edition 1997, recipient AASLH commendation 1998
  • Plain Folk of the South Revisited (editor/contributor, Baton Rouge: L.S.U. Press, 1997)
  • Carnivals and Conflicts: A Louisiana History Reader (editor/contributor, New York: Harcourt, 2000)
  • Sunbelt Revolution: The Historical Progression of the Civil Rights Struggle in the Gulf South, 1866-2000 (editor/contributor, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003)
  • A Fierce and Fractious Frontier: The Curious Development of Louisiana's Florida Parishes , 1699-2000 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, September 2004) 

Publications: Articles

  • "Bitter Legacy:  Spanish Colonial Policies and the Tradition of Extra-Legal Violence in Louisiana's Florida Parishes," Tulane European and Civil Law Forum, Vol. 32, 2017.
  • "Setting a Precedent for Regional Revolution:  The West Florida Revolt Considered," Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 90, No. 2, Fall 2011
  • "Consolidating the Revolution:  Factionalism and Finesse in the West Florida Revolt, 1810," Louisiana History, Vol. LI, No. 3, Summer 2010
  • "Discovering a Neglected Southern Subregion" in A Fierce
    and Fractious Frontier: The Curious Development of Louisiana's Florida
    Parishes (Louisiana State University Press, September 2004)
  • "Plain Folk Reconsidered: Historiographical Ambiguity in Search of Definition" in
    Journal of Southern History, Vol LXXI, No. 4, November 2005
  • "Feuding is Our Means of Societal Regulation: Elusive Stability in Southeastern
    Louisiana's Piney Woods, 1877-1900," forthcoming in Louisiana History
    (Spring, 2007).
  • AA Threshold of Unobtainable Commitment: Irregular Operations in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1862-1865,@ in A Fierce and Fractious Frontier: The Curious Development of Louisiana's Florida Parishes (Louisiana State University Press, September 2004)
  • The Challenges and Expectations of Social Change in the Gulf South, 1866-2000,@ in Sunbelt Revolution (University Press of Florida, 2003)
  • Plain Folk Yeomanry in the Antebellum South, in John B. Boles (ed.), Blackwells Companion to the American South (London: Blackwell's, 2001)
  • "Historical Perspectives on the Common South," in Plain Folk of the South Revisited (Louisiana State University Press, fall 1997)
  • "Backcountry Justice in the Piney Woods South," in Plain Folk of the South Revisited (Louisiana State University Press, fall 1997)
  • "Mechanisms of Planter Power in Eastern Louisiana's Piney Woods," Louisiana History, XXXIX, No. 1 (Spring 1998)
  • "Blood Feud: Violence and Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes," Cultural Vistas, IX, No. 2, (Summer 1998)
  • "Power and Place: Gender, Greed, and the Creole French Elite," in Reviews in American History, September, 1998
  • "Bushwhacking and Barnburning: Civil War Operations and the Florida Parishes Tradition of Violence," Louisiana History, XXXVI, No. 2 (Spring 1995).
  • "Research Methods in Historical Archives," Origins, IX, No. 2 (Spring 1993).
  • "Cultural Assimilation in Confederate New Orleans," Southeast Louisiana Historical Papers, XVII, 1993.
  • "The Cultural Geography of Southeast Louisiana," Cultural Resources Management Report for Southeast Louisiana, 1988.
  • "The Maritime History of the Lower Mississippi Valley," Maritime and Cultural Resources Planning Design for Southeast Louisiana, 1988.

Sample Presentations

  • "The National Consequences of Coastal Erosion in Louisiana," University of Louisiana Lafayette H2O Conference, Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center, 2017
  • "Historical Extra-legal Violence in the Gulf South and the EAR Formulation as Possible Solution," University of Southern Mississippi, Center for the Study of the Gulf South Lecture Series, 2017
  • "Dark and Bloody Business:  Politics and Feuding in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1880-1910," Gulf South Historical Assoc. Conference, Pensacola, Florida, October 2013
  • "Sources of Rural Southern Violence and Paramilitary Organizations," Foundation for Historical Louisiana Lecture Series, Baton Rouge, March 2014
  • "Revealing Our Unique History and Cultures Through the Holdings of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies," Louisiana History and Genealogy Conference, Baton Rouge, March 2014
  • "Feuding is our Means of Societal Equilibrium:  Elusive Stability in Louisiana's Piney Woods Country,"  Spring Street Museum Lecture Series, Shreveport, La., March 2014
  • "Resolved to Violence:  Paramilitary Groups and the Dilemma of Justice in the Rural South," South Arkansas Historical Foundation Lecture Series, El Dorado, Arkansas, November 2012
  • "The Relevance of the West Florida Revolt to Economic Development in the Florida Parishes" Hammond Rotary Club, January 2003
  • "Sources of Opposition to the West Florida Revolt" Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club, January 2003
  • "Understanding the Connection between History and Economic Development" Leadership Tangipahoa Seminar, February 2003
  • "A Threshold of Unobtainable Commitment: The Civil War in Southeastern Louisiana", Denham Springs, La Kiwanis Club, February 2003
  • "The Curious Connection of the West Florida Revolt and the Louisiana Purchase" Hammond Kiwanis Club, February 2003
  • "The Louisiana Purchase as a Fulfillment of Jeffersonian Republicanism", Keynote Address, United Daughters of the Confederacy State Convention, Baton Rouge, La., May 2003
  • "Developing an Identity for the West Florida Republic", Republic of West Florida Society Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, La., May 2003
  • "The Changing Face of a Fragile Ecosystem", Annual Conservation Banquet, Florida Parishes Skeet and Conservation Association, Amite, La., August 2003
  • "Sources of Opposition to the West Florida Revolt", West Florida Society Meeting, Baton Rouge, La., September 2003
  • "The Violent Legacy of Louisiana's Florida Parishes", Canary Island Heritage Society, Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, La., September 2003
  • Master of Ceremony, Film premier "Reluctant Americans: The West Florida Revolt, Completing the Louisiana Purchase", Columbia Theater, Hammond, La., Fanfare eve premier, September 2003
  • Livingston Parish Premier "Reluctant Americans", Walker, La., October 2003
    Keynote Address, Washington Parish Fair and Festival Commission, Franklinton, La., October 2003
  • "Sources of Opposition to the West Florida Revolt", 22nd Annual Gulf South Historical Association Conference, Pensacola, Fl., October 2003
  • "Genealogical Studies and Resources at SLU", Hammond Round Table, October 2003
  • "St. Helena: A Divided Role in Rebellion, 1810", Greensburg, La., St. Helena Parish Tourist Commission Annual Meeting, October 2003
  • "West Feliciana Capital of the Original Lone Star Republic" West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission Annual Meeting, October 2003
  • "Curious Aspects of the Civil Rights Struggle in Southeastern Louisiana", Louisiana Festival of the Book, State Capital Building, Baton Rouge, La., November 2003
  • "Developing an Identity for Washington Parish", Washington Parish Genealogical Society Meeting, Franklinton, La., November 2003
  • "Why Celebrate the West Florida Revolt", Reception Highlighting Unveiling of I-12 Commemorative Signs, 7 members State Legislative Delegation Present, Alumni Center, SLU, November 2003
  • "Examining the Native American Cultures of Southeastern Louisiana", America Reads Program, Baton Rouge, La., November 2003
  • "A Territory of Greatest Importance Sources of Support and Opposition to the West Florida Revolt, 1810", Foundation for Historic Louisiana, Premier Lecture Series, November 2003
  • "Exploring and Understanding the History of Southeastern Louisiana", Presentation before 400 school children, Columbia Theater, Hammond, La., December 2003