UBToday Online Alumni Magazine -Spring 1997
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Pamela Benson -'76
Charles Baxter -'74
Seymour Gitin -'56
Alan Zweibel -'72
Dave Dealney -'77
Jackie Felix -'81
James O. Horton -'64


James Oliver Horton, B.A. 1964

James Oliver Horton, B.A. 1964, is the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University. He also serves as director of the Afro-American Communities Project of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.

With his wife, Lois Elaine Berry Horton, B.A. 1964, Horton is the author of In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Protest, and Community Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860, published this year by Oxford University Press. He also serves as chair of the National Park System Advisory Board.

An advocate of public history, Horton has been a historical consultant to numerous film and video productions, including those seen on ABC, PBS, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He is currently working on a film series on race in American history before the Civil War, and continues to serve as historical advisor to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Horton, who recalls as early influences the legendary UB history professor John Horton (no relation), received his Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University. He was Senior Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Munich, Germany, in 1988-89, and has also lectured throughout Europe, and in Thailand and Japan. His other books include Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North, also coauthored with his wife, who is chair of the sociology department at George Mason University.

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