Jim Bissett 
William J. Story Professor of History

Chair, Department of History and Geography

Elon University 

Office:     Powell 217-A
Phone:     (336)-278-6421
Address:   2135 Campus Box
                Elon, NC  27244

E-mail:  bissett@elon.edu

 Research Interests

As a social historian, I am especially interested in studying American history from the bottom up.  In my research, I concentrate on social movements, particularly those associated with late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century American radicalism (especially Populism, American socialism, and the labor movement).  My work in that field resulted in a book, Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside, 1904-1920, published in 1999 (paperback edition published in 2002).

Since then, I have become interested in the Civil Rights movement and oral history, beginning a project on race relations in
Alamance County, North Carolina during the Civil Rights era.


 Courses I Teach

Class Page for Winter Term, 2007

(Including Syllabus, Class Documents, and Resources)