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Keith Finley

Finley featured speaker at historical group's meeting April 19

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University historian Keith M. Finley will be the featured speaker at the annual spring meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association Tuesday, April 19.
     The dinner meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Foundation Building, 217 E. Thomas Street, Hammond. There is no charge for members, and spouses are welcome to attend for $10. Tickets to the event for the general public are $15.
Finley’s presentation is based on research for his award-winning book “Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight Against Civil Rights, 1938-1965.” In his presentation, he will discuss how the actions of Southern senators in the fight against civil rights legislation affected social developments at the local level, including Louisiana’s Florida Parishes. According to Finley, white southern resistance to civil rights ran the gamut from extremism to moderation.”
     An instructor of history at Southeastern and assistant director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Finley was awarded the D.B. Hardeman Price for his book, which was published by LSU Press in 2008. The price is given for what is considered the best book that focuses on the U.S. Congress in the fields of biography, history, journalism and political science.
     The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association is composed of regional cultural and historical enthusiasts and is domiciled at Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. The organization is open to any individuals interested in the history of the region. Membership is $25 per year and includes the annual edition of the regional journal “Southeast Louisiana Review and the newsletter “Centerpiece” as well as a ticket for the annual meeting.

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