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Jarvis Professor Wins Prestigious National Award for Outstanding Essay


Dr. Michael Blum has been selected as winner of the 2014 McClung Award for his essay entitled, “'Everyone You Don't Like is a Communist': The Highlander Center and the Civil Rights Movement in Knoxville, 1961-1971".

The McClung Award is offered by the East Tennessee Historical Society to the contributor of the paper that is judged to be the best of those printed in each number of The Journal of East Tennessee History (formerly the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Publications). To be eligible for the award, papers must relate to some phase of the history of Tennessee and must cite sources. Originality, scholarship, power of interpretation, clarity of expression, logical arrangement, and literacy form are criteria considered by judges when selecting the winner. The award is in memory of Calvin Morgan (Dec.) and Barbara Adair McClung (Dec.), founders of a notable collection of Tennessee and Southern history at Lawson McGhee Library in Knoxville, TN.

Professor Blum earned a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in 2014. He is also the proprietor of @academicpresses, a twitter account that distributes the best content from University presses worldwide. Dr. Blum recently celebrated his one year anniversary with his wife, Lauren.