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Posted 03/02/2010

John Dittmer’s new book, The Good Doctors

Dr. Dittmer joined members of the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement Project on Thursday, March 4, to discuss using oral history as a methodology for researching civil rights history, with particular attention to the work he did for The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice in Health CareThe Good Doctors tells the story of the Medical Committee for Human rights, a group of health care professionals active not only in the Deep South at the height of the civil rights movement but also as part of the New Left during the late 1960s and 1970s. His talk is part of the Long Civil Rights Movement Visiting Scholar Series, sponsored by the SOHP and the Center for the Study of the American South.

Dr. Dittmer is also the author of Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi received the Bancroft Prize, generally considered the most prestigious award in the field of American history writing.  The book also received the McLemore Prize and Lillian Smith Book Award, and the New York Times named it one of the “notable books of 1994″ in the history category. Dr. Dittmer served on the DePauw faculty from 1985 until his retirement in 2003.  He also taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (visiting associate professor, 1982-84), Brown University (visiting associate professor, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84) and Tougaloo College (1967-1979). He received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University.