The Georgia Historical Society has named Writing The South Through The Self by John C. Inscoe as the recipient of its 2012 Malcolm Bell Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award. Given for the best book on Georgia history published in the previous year, the award is named in honor of Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell in recognition of their contributions to the recording of Georgia's history. Published by University of Georgia Press, Writing The South Through The Self is a series of essays on the southern experience as reflected in the life stories of those who lived it, and explores the emotional and psychological dimensions of what it has meant to be southern.
"The Awards Committee was impressed by how John Inscoe approached southern and Georgia history through autobiography and memoir to reveal fresh insights into the southern temperament," said Dr. Paul Pressly, chairman of the committee. "His scholarly essays draw the reader into the emotional landscape of adolescent struggles with mixed race identity, the sense of place in Appalachia, coming to terms with self and the South in college and train travel in the Jim Crow era. He has created a work that enhances our understanding of Georgia authors by including them in a larger tableau and sets a standard for combining interpretive work with teachable resources."
John Inscoe is Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor at the University of Georgia. He is the editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, secretary-treasurer of the Southern Historical Association and former editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly, the scholarly journal of the Georgia Historical Society.