Kent Germany is an assistant professor at the Miller Center where he is the coordinator of the Lyndon B. Johnson project and studies social policy and the Civil Rights Movement.
His research interests lay in the American South, race relations, and poverty, and he is completing a book titled Seeking the Great Society: A Southern City After Jim Crow, 1964–1974, a grassroots study of the civil rights and antipoverty movements of the 1960s and 1970s and their role in the transformation of race relations and political culture in New Orleans.
Mr. Germany teaches courses on America in the 1960s, American politics, and U.S. race relations. Before joining the Miller Center in September 2000, he received a Ph.D. in history from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Miller Center Projects
At the Miller Center, Kent is an editor of the Johnson series and is coordinating the Johnson project, which is dedicated to publishing scholarly volumes of transcripts of President Johnson’s secretly recorded conversations. Those volumes go though numerous stages of listening and exhaustive cross-checking and include extensive annotations, detailed introductions to conversations and meetings, and extensive policy narratives to facilitate their use and to situate them in the broader context of the period.
Mr. Germany is completing Volume 4 of the Johnson series (also with Robert Johnson), The Presidential Recordings, Lyndon B. Johnson: “Toward the Great Society.” Volume 4. January 1964 (projected publication in Fall 2006). He is also associate editor of Volume IV of the Kennedy series and the civil rights policy volume comparing President Kennedy and President Johnson until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Along with David Carter, Kent is also editing a policy volume, Crisis of Victory: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Politics of Race, and the White House Tapes, 1964–1966, which will explore the administration’s involvement in a number racial matters at the local, state, and national level. Key parts of the project will focus on the Mississippi Burning case, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Selma movement and the march to Montgomery, the Voting Rights Act, the Watts civil disorders, public school desegregation, the fragmentation of the civil rights movement, and the escalation of political violence. The project will end with an exploration of the March Against Fear in June 1966 that involved the shooting of James Meredith by a white man in full view of the press, the joining of many of the top civil rights leaders in the march, and the popularization of the slogan “Black Power.”
Co-editor, with Robert David Johnson, The Presidential Recordings, Lyndon B. Johnson: “Let Us Continue.” Volume 3. January 1964. (forthcoming from W.W. Norton in January 2005).
“‘They Can Be Like Other People’: Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Alienation in New Orleans’ Early Great Society” in The New Deal and Beyond: Social Welfare in the South Since 1930. Edited by Elna Green. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press (2003).
“Race and Reluctance: Federal-Local Relations in the Public School Desegregation of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana 1965-1971” in Louisiana Since the Longs: 1960 to Century’s End. Vol. IX. The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History, 364–377. Edited by Michael L. Kurtz. Lafayette, La.: Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1998.
“Patriotism and Protest: Louisiana and General Edmund Pendleton Gaines’s Army of Mexican-American War Volunteers, 1845-1847” Louisiana History 37 (Summer, 1996): 325–335.
The Politics of Race After World War II, HIUS 401
The Sixties in Stereo: The Johnson Years, HIUS 401