Bandy Center’s Fowler Co-Authors Book, Contributes Royalties
The state of Georgia benefits two ways with the recent publication of Breaking the Heartland: The Civil War in Georgia, co-edited by Bandy Heritage Center Director Dr. John D. Fowler. First, the book fills gaps in the body of knowledge of Georgia’s role in the country’s most divisive conflict and second, Fowler and collaborator Dr. David B. Parker are donating royalties from the book’s sale to the Georgia Humanities Council which supports and promotes humanities and culture throughout the state.
Dr. Fowler, who serves Dalton State College as B.J. and Dicksie Bandy Chair of History in addition to directing the activities of the Bandy Heritage Center, authored the Introduction to the book and supplied one of the essays, “‘I Cannot Give the History of This Campaign Language to Describe its Suffering’: The Confederate Struggle for Atlanta.”
Among the remaining 10 essays are titles such as “War on the Edge: Civil War Era Politics and Its Legacy in a Appalachian County,” “‘To the Youth of the Southern Confederacy’: Georgia’s Confederate Textbooks,” “‘The Bottomless Pit of Hell’: The Confederate Home Front in Bartow County, Georgia 1864-1865,” and “Buried at Savannah: Confederate Plain Folk Widows, Children, and the Civil War’s Lost Memories.”
“Not enough has been written concerning Georgia’s experience during those turbulent (war) years,” writes the Mercer University Press which published Breaking the Heartland. “The essays in this volume attempt to redress this dearth of scholarship. They present a mosaic of events, places, and people, exploring the impact of the war on Georgia and its residents and demonstrating the importance of the state to the outcome of the Civil War.”
“This book is important, I think, because it illustrates the latest scholarship on the Civil War in Georgia. It also emphasizes the importance of Georgia in the conflict,” said Fowler. Co-editor Parker is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University and also Assistant Chair of KSU’s Department of History, where Fowler served before coming to Dalton.
Dr. Fowler said that he and Parker were happy to support the work of the Georgia Humanities Council by contributing their book royalties to the Council’s programs. The GHC has suffered deep cuts in state funding which it uses to leverage federal and private grant dollars.
“Given the state government’s budget, David and I decided that the GHC could use the royalties from the book,” he said. “We want to encourage other scholars to do likewise.”“This gift will allow the Council to continue to support programs about the Civil War and other topics in communities across Georgia for years to come,” said GHC President Jamil Zainaldin.