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A book by Bradley R. Clampitt, assistant professor of history and Native American studies at East Central University, was one of two finalists for the 2011 Jefferson Davis Award sponsored by the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.

Clampitt is the author of “The Confederate Heartland: Military and Civilian Morale in the Western Confederacy,” published by the Louisiana State University Press.

The winner of the award was “Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848-1865,” by Paul Quigley, a lecturer in American history at the University of Edinburgh. The publisher is Oxford University Press.

The award recognizes the outstanding book-length narrative work on the origins, life and legacies of the Confederate States of America and the Confederate period.

The other finalist was “The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic” by Barbara Gannon, published by the University of North Carolina Press.

The Museum of the Confederacy owns the world’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the Confederate States of America.

Clampitt, who graduated from ECU in 1997, joined ECU’s faculty in 2007. He was a visiting assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University in 2006, a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas from 2001 to 2006 and a teaching assistant at UNT from 1999 to 2001.

He earned master's and doctoral degrees from UNT where he was named the Teaching Fellow of the Year and the outstanding master's student and doctoral student.

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