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Connie Park Rice

Lecturer

Positions

Assistant Editor of West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies

Member of the Governor’s West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

Degrees

Ph.D. in History 
West Virginia University

M.A. in Public History
West Virginia University

B.A. in History, Summa Cum Laude, 
Phi Beta Kappa,
West Virginia University

Research Interests

Courses Offered

Publications

Women of the Mountain South: Identity, Work, and Activism, co-edited with Dr. Marie Tedesco. Ohio University Press, 2015.

“The ‘Separate but Equal’ Schools of Monongalia County’s Coal Mining Communities” The Journal of Appalachian Studies 2 (Fall 1996): 323-335.
Reprinted in Inequity in Education: A Historical Perspective. 
Debra Meyers and Burke Miller, eds. Lanham. Md.: Rowman 
& Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009.

Our Monongalia: A History of African Americans in Monongalia County, West Virginia. 
Terra Alta, W.Va.: Headline Books, Inc., 1999.

“To the City and Back Again: The “Bird of Passage
Phenomenon of West Virginia’s Out-Migration,” in 
Appalachian Odyssey: Historical Perspectives on the Great Migration. 
Phillip J. Obermiller, Thomas E. Wagner, and E. Bruce Tucker, eds. 
Praeger Publishers, 2000.

“Pioneer Women: The ‘Ladies” of the Niagara
Movement,” The Niagara Movement Protest Reborn:
ASALH Black History Theme Magazine, 2005.

”’Shepherdess of the Hills’: The Salvation Army
Mountain Ministry of Cecil Brown,” in Work,
Family and Faith: Rural Southern Women in the 
Twentieth Century. Rebecca Sharpless and
Melissa Walker, eds. University of Missouri Press, 2006.

“Don’t Flinch Nor Yield An Inch:” J.R. Clifford and
the Struggle for Equal Rights in the Age of Segregation,” 
West Virginia History 2 (Fall 2007): 45-68.

“Letters from William Haymond to His Nephew, Luther Haymond,
Recalling the Settlement of Western Virginia and Conflict with
Native Americans Beteween 1773 and 1794,” edited document,
West Virginia History 2 (Fall 2008): 79-98.

“Separate but Never Equal: Dewey Fox and the Struggle for Equality in the Age of Jim Crow,” in Culture, Class, and Politics in Modern Appalachia: Essays in Honor of Ronald L. Lewis. West Virginia University Press, 2009.

Encyclopedia Articles/Reviews

“Alfred Caldwell,” in Dictionary of Virginia
Biography, Vol. 2, edited by Sara Bearss, John
T. Kneebone, J. Jefferson Looney, Brent Tarter, 
and Sandra Gioia Treadway, Library of Virginia
(2001).

“Allen Taylor Caperton,” in Dictionary of Virginia
Biography, Vol. 3, edited by Sara Bearss, John T. 
Kneebone, J. Jefferson Looney, Brent Tarter, and 
Sandra Gioia Treadway, Library of Virginia
(2006)

“Hawk’s Nest Tragedy,” in Encyclopedia of 
Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press, 2006.

“Salvation Army,” in West Virginia Encyclopedia,
West Virginia Humanities Council, 2006.

“African Methodist Episcopal Church” in West 
Virginia Encyclopedia, West Virginia Humanities
Council, 2006.

“Christopher H. Payne” in West 
Virginia Encyclopedia, West Virginia Humanities
Council, 2006.

“J.R. Clifford,” in African American National
Biography, Vol. 2, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University
and Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Coralie Franklin Cook,” in African American 
National Biography, Vol. 2, edited by Henry Louis Gates,
Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard
University and Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Samuel W. Starks,” in African American National Biography,
Vol. 7, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University and Oxford University Press, 2008.

“John W. Davis,” in African American National Biography, Vol. 2, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University and Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Christopher H. Payne,” in African American National Biography, Vol. 6, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University and Oxford University Press, 2008.

Current Projects

“Don’t Flinch nor Yield an Inch:” The Life and Legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer J.R. Clifford; A biography of West Virginia’s first black editor and lawyer and a member of DuBois’ “Talented Tenth.” Clifford was a member of the Afro-American League, the American Negro Academy, the Niagara Movement, and the National Independent Political League.

Illusions of the Soul: Black Politics in West Virginia, 1865-1930—An examination of the actions and impact of black political activity in West Virginia following emancipation.