Paul Yandle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Location: Tigerville, SC
“Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story.” --Don J. Snyder
Teaching & Education
You will learn with me when taking courses in The American South, The Civil War and Reconstruction, African American History Since Emancipation, British History and the Middle East.
M.A. History, Wake Forest University
Ph.D. History, West Virginia University
My experience includes teaching at the post-secondary level since 1991. After completing my Ph.D., I taught as a lecturer at West Virginia University from 2006 to 2008 before becoming a visiting assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Fall 2008. I have been at NGU since 2012.
Book Chapters and Introductions:
2017. “The Shrill Voice of the Iron Horse:” Railroad Gauge Wars and Cultural Stasis in Western North Carolina, 1854-1910 (Aalborg University Press).
2010. Introduction to Brinsley Matthews [William S. Pearson], Monon Ou or Well-Nigh Reconstructed. A Political Novel . University of Tennessee Press, fall catalog.
2010. “ ‘Resistless Uprising’? Western North Carolina and Thomas Dixon’s Uncle in the Klan and the Statehouse.” In Andrew L. Slap, ed., Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath (invited submission). University Press of Kentucky, spring catalog.
2008. “ ‘Different Colored Currents of the Sea’: Reconstruction North Carolina, Mutuality, and the Political Roots of Jim Crow, 1872-1875.” In Paul D. Escott, ed., North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction (invited submission). University of North Carolina Press, fall catalog.
1993. “Joseph Charles Price and His ‘Peculiar Work,’ Part I.” North Carolina Historical Review 70 (January): 40-56.
1993. “Joseph Charles Price and His ‘Peculiar Work,’ Part II.” North Carolina Historical Review 70
1992. “Joseph Charles Price.” In Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights From Emancipation to the Present, ed. C.D. Lowery and J.F. Marszalek, 436-437 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group), 436-43
Selected Book Reviews:
2020. Christopher C. Moore, Apostle of the Lost Cause: J. William Jones, Baptists, and the Development of Confederate Memory (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2019) in West Virginia History, New Series (forthcoming).
2019. John Hayes, Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), in West Virginia History, New Series 13, Spring, pp. 114-116.
2017. Arthur Andrew Olsen III, Forging the Bee Line Railroad 1848-1889: The Rise and Fall of the Hoosier Partisans and Cleveland Clique. (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2017),in West Virginia History, New Series 11 (Fall) 196-98.
2017. Bruce G. Harvey, World’s Fairs in a Southern Accent: Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston, 1895-1902, (Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 2014), in South Carolina Historical Magazine (July – issue published in 2020).
2016. William A. Link, Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembrance in the Civil War’s Aftermath (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013), in South Carolina Historical Magazine (July), 273-76.
2016. Durwood Dunn, The Civil War in Southern Appalachian Methodism (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2013), in West Virginia History, New Series 10 (Fall), 188-192.
2016. Mark Wahlgren Summers, The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014), in West Virginia History, New Series, 10 (Spring), 89-91.
2014. Philip N. Racine, Living a Big War in a Small Place: Spartanburg, South Carolina during the
Confederacy (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013), in West Virginia History New Series 8 (Fall) 103-104.
2014. Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, eds. Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012), in Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 22 (Sept.): 121-23.
2013. Kari J. Winter, The American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave Trader (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011), in Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 19(2): 47-50.
2012. Robert Gudmestad, Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011), in West Virginia History, New Series 6 (fall): 103-104.
2012. Judkin Browning, Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), in Journal of Southern History vol. 78 (August), 728-29.
2012. Joseph R. Reinhart, trans. and ed., A German Hurrah! Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stangel, 9th Ohio Infantry (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2010), in Ohio History vol. 119, 121-123.
2011. Mark L. Bradley, Bluecoats & Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008), in West Virginia History New Series, 5 (fall): 137-139.
2011 – Co-nominee, Appalachian Studies Association, W.D. Weatherford Award for Andrew L. Slap, ed. Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010)
2006 – William D. Barns Award for outstanding graduate student in West Virginia or Regional History
I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes Ph.D.s from West Virginia University who studied under Ron Lewis, an Appalachian scholar whose best-known work is probably Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998).
I grew up in the Triangle area of North Carolina and finished high school in West Virginia after my parents moved there when I was in my teens. I came to saving faith in Christ in high school, and after a gap year working for the controller’s office at West Virginia University, I enrolled in WVU as an undergraduate. During my senior year at WVU, I became interested in the history of the American South and in African American history, and I decided to pursue an M.A. at Wake Forest University. I wrote my thesis under the direction of Paul Escott. After completing my M.A., I spent several years working as a newspaper copy editor before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. I enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge in my spare time.
Favorite Course to Teach:
All of them expand my horizons in unique ways.
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