Term of Award

Fall 2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Dan Chapman

Committee Member 1

John Weaver

Committee Member 2

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 3

William Schubert

Committee Member 3 Email



The purpose of this study examines the roles of race, place, and economics in the American South. The study will focus on a three-tiered idea that has been used throughout the history of the American South; the financier, the manager, and the producer. Each role is discussed as it was during the plantation days and how it continues to be used today in the American South. The study focuses on Coffee County, Georgia and the plight of a famous hometown athlete as he journeys through adolescence, middle and high school, college, and adult life. The study takes into account factors such as, the history of race relations, history of sports, history of place, and how this history affects black males in the American South. The study also takes into account the role of the rich white men as the power broker throughout the history of the American South and how the financier (white men) continue to wield their power to maintain control. The financier wields their power in many ways, but in the American South the football plantation is king. The study is conducted through a series of interviews with stakeholders in the community, newspaper articles, and a review of literature over both the history of the American South as well as a history of this athlete’s time in high school and at the University of Georgia.