Department of History

Keith S. Hébert

Keith S. Hébert Associate Professor and Public History Program Officer
313 Thach Hall
(334) 844-4358
heberks@auburn.edu
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Office Hours

  • Monday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (and by appointment)
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (and by appointment)
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (and by appointment)

Profile

Keith S. Hébert joined the Auburn University faculty in 2014 where he directs the department's public history certificate program and offers courses in public history and southern history. Previously, Hébert worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division as the state historian. His research focuses on the Confederate home front during the American Civil War and the role that white supremacy played in the development of Civil War memory. His first book, The Long Civil War in the North Georgia Mountains: Confederate Nationalism, Sectionalism, and White Supremacy in Bartow County, Georgia, was released in 2017. He also has published an essay in the Georgia Historical Quarterly and book chapters in Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath, Breaking the Heartland: The Civil War in Georgia, and World and National Registers of Historic Places: Stewardship in Perspective. His second book,The Administrative History of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park was released in 2019 and published by the National Park Service. Hébert curated an exhibit “With Georgia’s Best Interest at Heart: Thomas B. Murphy,” on permanent display at the University of West Georgia Ingram Library, and co-curated and designed the Leake Mounds Interpretive Trail website. He has written numerous successful applications for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, including nominations for Paradise Garden and Pasaquan-two nationally significant examples of American visionary art environments.

In April 2021, Hébert's latest book Cornerstone of the Confederacy: Alexander H. Stephens and the Speech that Defined the Lost Cause will be published by the University of Tennessee Press. The book examines the origins and historical legacy of Stephens's infamous Cornerstone Speech and its impact upon Lost Cause defenses of white supremacy. Currently, Hébert is co-authoring with Hilary Green, University of Alabama, a study of Reconstruction-era African American Schools in the South, 1863-1900, for the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service. He is also finishing up a book chapter on the history of the secession crisis and Civil War in Gwinnett County, Georgia, for an upcoming publication marking the county's recent bicentennial. Hébert's next book length project examines the history of local and state elections and voter participation in the nineteenth-century South.

Media Appearances:

CNN: Hundreds Risked Everything in Selma 56 Years Ago Today. This Group is Trying to Identify Them.

Tuesdays with Thom (Thom Gossom): Episode 25

Inside Higher Education: Why is Auburn Losing Black Students?

Distinguished history professor recognized with Faculty Award for Creative Research and Scholarship

Harold Franklin became Auburn University’s first Black student on this day in 1964

Washington Post story on Dr. Harold Franklin’s M.S. Thesis Defense

BBC Newsday story featuring Dr. Harold Franklin

Auburn University Newsroom on Dr. Harold Franklin and how Auburn could do more for Black students

Education

Ph.D. Auburn University (2007)

M.A. Virginia Tech (2001)

B.A. University of West Georgia (1998)

Representative Publications

Books:

Cornerstone of the Confederacy: Alexander H. Stephens and the Speech that Defined the Lost CauseKnoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2021. To be released April 2021.  

The Long Civil War in the North Georgia Mountains: Confederate Nationalism, Sectionalism, and White Supremacy in Bartow County, Georgia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2017. (Paperback edition will appear in 2021)

•  Winner of the 2019 American Library Association Choice Award for Top 75 Community College publications

•  Winner of the 2019 Outstanding Academic Award

The Administrative History of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2019.

Articles:

“The Psychedelic Assisi in the Southern Pines: Pasaquan, Visionary-Art Environments, and the National Register of Historic Places.” Celeste Guichard, ed. World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in Perspective. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

“The Bottomless Pit of Hell”: The Confederate Home Front in Bartow County, Georgia: 1864­-1865.” John Fowler and David Parker, eds. Civil War in Georgia Sesquicentennial. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2011.

“Reconstruction-­Era Violence in North Georgia: The Mossy Creek Ku Klux Klan’s Defense of Local Autonomy.” Andrew L. Slap, ed. Reconstruction in Appalachia: Collected Essays. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010.

“The Bitter Trial of Defeat and Emancipation: Reconstruction in Bartow County, Georgia: 1865­-1872,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 92 (2008), 65-92.

Last Updated: March 07, 2021