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Citadel News Service
10 Jan 2012

Political science professor headlines Augusta lecture event

Political Science professor Scott Buchanan will headline a lecture event featuring his book “Some of the People Who Ate My Barbecue Didn’t Vote for Me” at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Ga., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.

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Scott Buchanan

“Some of the People Who Ate My Barbecue Didn’t Vote for Me” is about former Georgia Gov. Marvin Griffin, the Peach State’s 72nd governor and a 1929 Citadel graduate. Griffin was well known for his views on segregation but less known for his progressive economic policies that saw more than 12,000 miles of roads paved and the state's tax code reformed by his administration while Griffin himself spent more time than his predecessors recruiting outside industry to the state.

Buchanan’s visit to Augusta is at the invitation of David Bell, Citadel class of 1971 and an Augusta attorney. The lecture runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Ext. it is free and open to the public.

Buchanan is director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, specializing in Southern politics, elections, and state and local government. Buchanan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma; masters from Auburn University, and undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on Southern politics and elections, including a recent book chapter on the 2008 presidential election that appeared in "A Paler Shade of Red" published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2009. Buchanan has also written articles on realignment in Southern politics and has been involved in oral histories of Georgia political figures of the 1950s and 1960s. He is a past president of the Georgia Political Science Association.

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