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Jeffrey L. Littlejohn



African American History

School Desegregation

Massive Resistance

Cold War Civil Rights

East Texas History

Professor Littlejohn


Jeffrey L. Littlejohn serves as Professor of History at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). A native of Dallas, Texas, he completed his undergraduate degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and his MA and PhD at the University of Arkansas.


He is the co-author or co-editor of three books: Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk's Public Schools (University of Virginia Press, 2012); The Enemy Within Never Did Without: German and Japanese Prisoners of War at Camp Huntsville, Texas, 1942-1945 (Texas Review Press, 2015); and The Seedtime, the Work and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America (University of Florida Press, 2018).


Littlejohn has published numerous articles with his co-author Charles H. Ford, including: “The Cabiness Family Lynching: Race, War, and Memory in Walker County, Texas” (Southwestern Historical Quarterly); “Booker T. Washington High School: History, Identity, and Educational Equality in Norfolk, Virginia” (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography); and, “Arthur D. Morse, School Desegregation, and the Making of CBS News, 1951-1964” (American Journalism).


Littlejohn is also an active digital/public historian. His co-curricular web projects include: Lynching in Texas; East Texas History; and HistoricalMX. These websites and free mobile apps place the past at your fingertips. Designed to feature the work of students at SHSU, these sites highlight the distinctive people, places, and events that have shaped the past. Visitors to the sites may learn about various cultural and political events through an interactive, map-based interface that includes historical stories, photographs, and interviews.

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