175 Makers of History: C. Vann Woodward

C. Vann Woodward 30C 63H
Historian; Pulitzer Prize Winner

C. Vann Woodward

C. Vann Woodward's influence spans generations.

Between 1938 and 1991, Woodward wrote scores of journal articles and authored or edited fourteen books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Mary Chestnut’s Civil War (1981). Woodward's influential 1955 book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, was described by Martin Luther King Jr. as "the historical bible of the civil rights movement."

A gifted academic and chronicler of Southern history, Woodward taught at The Johns Hopkins University (1946 - 1961) and Yale University (1961 - 1977) and served as president of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

In the 1990s, Woodward served as a principal adviser and contributor to Ken Burns's award-winning documentary The Civil War.