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Citadel News Service
15 Sep 2008

Noted professor to collect WWII oral histories from graduates

Author and professor Jack Bass has been named a Citadel Fellow in the college’s Department of History where he will collect oral histories from Citadel graduates who served in the military during World War II.

Photo of Jack Bass courtesy of the College of Charleston. 

Bass is well known throughout Charleston and the South for his books about the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond and the Orangeburg Massacre during the civil rights era. Bass’ oral history project likely will be expanded and become part of a larger effort under the direction of History professor Kerry Taylor, who joined The Citadel faculty this fall. That project may include oral histories from veterans of other wars as well as prominent players in government and politics.

“The college is lucky to have Jack Bass working on this project,” said Bo Moore, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and former head of the history department. “There are many Citadel members of ‘the greatest generation’ who are still with us and we want to record their experiences for posterity.”

Bass is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and studied as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University. After 13 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, he spent two years as a research scholar at Duke University and 18 months at the Institute of Legal History at University of South Carolina. He taught journalism at the University of Mississippi and humanities and social sciences at the College of Charleston, where he now holds emeritus status.

Bass also has a Citadel connection. His older brother was a 1941 Citadel graduate. Herbert Bass served as a Marine dive bomber and was killed in the battle of Guadalcanal.

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