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KSU historians have published a number of scholarly books on North Georgia. They include Carpet Capital: The Rise of a New South Industry by Randall L. Patton, with Dr. David B. Parker (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and Randall Patton's Shaw Industries: A History, also published by UGA Press in 2002, the latter a detailed study of the world leader in carpet manufacturing. Patton also has a chapter on the carpet industry in The Second Wave: Southern Industrialization from the 1940s to the 1970s, edited by Philip Scranton (UGA Press, 2001). In the same collection of essays, Thomas A. Scott published a chapter on Marietta's Bell Bomber plant of World War II. In October, 2003, Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society published Scott's Cobb County, Georgia, and the Origins of the Suburban South: A Twentieth-Century History. The two carpet books and the Cobb County history were all made possible by generous grants that allowed KSU to give the authors reduced teaching loads, permitting time for research and writing. Shaw Industries commissioned Patton's latest book, while Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society funded Scott's efforts. In these works the authors have managed to blur the boundaries between original and applied research, writing for a scholarly audience and general public at the same time.

The Center stives to work closely with Kennesaw State University's Public History program, headed by Dr. Catherine Lewis. For information on this program, please click on Public History. Dr. Scott teaches an oral history class for the Public History program. In Spring 2006 the class worked with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to document its 60-year history. Most recently, in Fall 2007 the class worked with the Aviation Museum at Marietta, Georgia, and with the Lockheed-Georgia Management Retirees Association to document the history of aircraft manufacturing in metropolitan Atlanta. Both classes received support from the Georgia Humanities Council in transcribing the oral history and making the student research available to the public.

The Center also attempts to work cooperatively with the public outreach activities of the American Studies program. Examples of local history projects conducted by students in the classes of Dr. LeeAnn Lands can be found at www.taking-place.org/project.html.  

One of the latest Center projects is a history of Kennesaw State University.  Since the summer of 2005, Tom Scott and Dede Yow have conducted oral histories with 77 faculty members, administrators, and KSU Foundation trustees.  So interviews are available online through the websites for the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning and the KSU Archives. Scott and Yow are working on a book on the history of KSU.




Authors Randy Patton and David Parker

Authors Randy Patton and David Parker pose in front of a display of their book Carpet Capital at the University of Georgia Press booth at the Southern Historical Association convention, November 1999
Cartersville Magazine Hosts Carpet Capital Reception and Book-signing.
"B.J. Bandy and Bartow Textiles: Creating an Industry"
by Randall L. Patton
"Mass Production and the Rise of Shaw Industries"
by Randall L. Patton

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