Thomas a. Scott

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Professor of History

Co-Director, Center for Regional History & Culture

Director, Kennesaw State Oral History Project

Department of History & Philosophy, Campus Mailbox #2206

Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road

Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Ph: 770-423-6254

FAX: 770-423-6432


28 August 2007

Educational Background:

B.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1964

M.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1966

Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1978

Dissertation: “Cobb County, Georgia, 1880-1900: A Socioeconomic Study of an Upper Piedmont County.”
Academic Career:
1967-1968: Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, N.C.

1968-2007: Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Current Courses
HIST 3304 History of Georgia

HIST 2275 Local History Research (undergraduate)

HIST 2112 U.S. History, c. 1890-2007 (our general education class at KSU)

HIST 4425 Oral History (for the Public History certificate program)

HIST 4499 History of American Higher Ed. (Senior Seminar Summer 2007)

HIST 7710 Local History Research & Resources (graduate)

Cobb County, Georgia, and the Origins of the Suburban South: A Twentieth-Century History (Marietta: Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, 2003). [Reviewed in Journal of Southern History 71 (May 2005): 479-81.]
Cornerstones of Georgia History: Documents That Formed the State (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995). [Reviewed in Georgia Historical Quarterly 80 (spring 1996): 151.]
Book Chapter:
“Winning World War II in an Atlanta Suburb: Local Boosters and the Recruitment of Bell Bomber,” in The Second Wave: Southern Industrialization from the 1940s to the 1970s, ed. Philip Scranton (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001), 1-23. [Reviewed in Journal of Southern History 69 (May 2003): 474-75; and in Journal of American History 89 (December 2002): 1127-28.]
Encyclopedia Entries:
“History of Georgia,” in Encarta (1997)
“Bell Bomber,” in New Georgia Encyclopedia (10/17/2003)

“Cobb County,” in New Georgia Encyclopedia (2003, updated 2/21/2007)

“James Vinson Carmichael,” in New Georgia Encyclopedia (5/14/2003)
“Kennesaw State University,” in New Georgia Encyclopedia (2002; updated 2004; updated 2/21/2007)
“Marietta,” in New Georgia Encyclopedia (2002; updated 9/30/2003)
“Lockheed Martin” in New Georgia Encyclopedia (11/3/2006)
Recent Professional Presentations:
Organized and moderated a plenary session entitled “Lives of Historians” at the Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 7 April 2007
Delivered a paper, “Impact of Bell and Lockheed on the Culture of Cobb County during the Civil Rights Era,” Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 6 April 2007
Organized tour of Lockheed Martin plant for historians attending annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, 5 January 2007
Participated on a panel, “Oral History Class Project on History of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,” Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 8 April 2006
Commented on papers in Session on “Georgia Politics in the 1970s,” Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 7 April 2006
Gave the keynote address, “Diversity in the Suburbs: The Changing Face of Cobb County,” 4th Annual Suburban Conference, The New Face of Suburbia: Is It a Melting Pot,” sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, 24 February 2006
Spoke on “Teaching Religious Studies at Public Colleges in the Bible Belt,” panel on religion in the South at the Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 9 April 2005
Spoke on “Integration of Schools in Cobb County, Georgia” at the Brown v. Board of Education Mini-Symposium, Kennesaw State University, 21 April 2004.
Delivered a paper, “Bo Callaway and the Republican Resurgence of the 1960s,” Georgia History Consortium, Savannah, 10 February 2001.
Delivered a paper, “The Georgia Republican Party in the 1960s” at the Southern Political Science Association annual meeting, Atlanta, 8-11 November 2000
Delivered a paper, “The Decline of Rural Georgia in the Writings of Terry Kay, Ferrol Sams, and Raymond Andrews” at the Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 15 April 2000
Addressed the annual meeting of the Niagara Aerospace Museum, Amherst, New York, 7 May 1999
Delivered a paper, “Winning the War in an Atlanta Suburb” at Second Wave of Southern Industrialization Conference, Georgia Tech, 5 June 1998.
Delivered a paper, “The Goldwater and Callaway Campaigns and the Transformation of the Georgia Republican Party” at the Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting, 3 April 1998
Honors and Awards:

2004 Governor’s Award in the Humanities (Presented by Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Humanities Council)

  1. Service Award, Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society

1995 History Award, presented by Fielding Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

1994 Distinguished Teaching Award, Kennesaw State College

  1. Service Award, Kennesaw State College

1987 Service Award, Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society

Boards of Directors/Boards of Trustees:

    1. Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau, Vice-Pres. 1987-92

    1. Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, Co-Chair in 1992.

    1. Memphis Theological Seminary

    1. Friends of Kathryn and M.J. Woods Foundation (local biracial civic and educational organization)

    1. Georgia National Register Review Board, Chair in 1992

1993-2006 Friends of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

2005-2007 Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association
Oral History Project:
Director of Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1978-Present
Current research project: Interviews with recipients of distinguished faculty awards at KSU. To date over 50 transcripts are online at the CETL Website: and KSU Archives Website:
Center for Regional History & Culture
Co-Director, Center for Regional History & Culture: The Center edited the 20th century history section of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, which went online in February 2004. We have sponsored a number of public programs and teacher workshops and work to promote a greater understanding of the history and culture of KSU’s large service area. Website:
Professional Organizations:
American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

The Historical Society

American Association for State & Local History

Oral History Association

Southern Historical Association

Southern Legal History Society

Georgia Association of Historians

Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society
Other Professional Service Activities:
Evaluation Team: Served with fellow historians Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia), David Blight (Amherst College, currently Yale University), and Anne Bailey (Georgia College & State University) on a review team chosen by the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service to do a two-day site visit and analysis of the interpretative programs at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park: 21-22 September 2000.
Public Speeches: 291 speeches to campus and community groups (civic clubs, schools, churches, etc.) since 1995:

  1. 34 speeches

  2. 21

  3. 25

  4. 24

  5. 32

  6. 22

  7. 23

  8. 12

  9. 23

  10. 34

  11. 16

  12. 8

  13. 17 to date

Total: 291
Statistics above include campus and community speeches since September 2003 to the following groups:

  • Marietta Museum of History
  • Marietta Community Schools (2-hour class delivered generally twice a year)

  • Mt. Sinai Baptist Church – workshop for African American churches in Cobb County on how to write a church history
  • ELM (Enrichment of Life Movement), Marietta
  • East Cobb Civic Association monthly meeting

  • North Cobb High School, Carla Carden’s and Jennifer Biddy’s accelerated learning (local history) class (approximately 3 visits a year)
  • Smitha Middle School, Kirsten Perla’s creative writing class

  • 3rd grade classes, Cheatham Hill Elementary School, Cobb County

  • Kennesaw Mountain High School, Lane Dye’s English class

  • McCleskey Middle School, Lorraine Aragon’s Georgia history classes

  • The Walker School, Jean Stricklen’s oral history students

  • HIST 3376 class (Problems and Philosophies in History)

  • KSU 1101 classes (multiple sections)

  • EDSM 4409 class on teaching controversial topics

  • Kennworth Golden Kiwanis Club, Acworth, Georgia

  • Metro Marietta Kiwanis Club

  • Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis Club

  • Smyrna Golden Kiwanis Club

  • Marietta Kiwanis Club

  • Marietta Golden K Kiwanis

  • Lockheed-Georgia Management Retirement Association, Marietta (generally about once a year)

  • Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System, Marietta

  • Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, annual meeting

  • Marietta Rotary Club

  • Marietta Metro Rotary Club

  • Smyrna Rotary Club

  • Atlanta chapter, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 100th anniversary banquet

  • Kennesaw Branch Public Library

  • Leadership Cobb (twice since 2003)

  • East Cobb Senior Center

  • West Cobb Senior Center

  • Daughters of the American Colonists

  • Daughters of 1812

  • Piedmont Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution

  • John Collins Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution

  • Cherokee Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution

  • Habersham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Etowah Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Rome (GA) chapter, Sons of Confederate Veterans

  • Camp McDonald chapter, Sons of Confederate Veterans

  • Leonidas Polk camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Women’s Task Force Annual Dinner, Cobb Electric Membership Corporation

  • Smyrna Historical & Genealogical Society

  • Georgia Peach Chapter, American Business Women’s Association, Marietta

  • Smyrna Optimist Club

  • Cobb County Bar Association

  • Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association

  • Log Cabin Sunday School annual reunion

  • Bartow History Museum

  • Newcomers Club of Cobb County

  • Cassville Historical Society

  • Cobb chapter, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

  • Cobb Genealogical Society

  • Talking Walls teacher workshop, Cobb Landmarks & Georgia Trust

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