|David Edwin Ballew, Jr.
Associate Professor of History
Coordinator of Humanities Studies
Coordinator of the Chowan Tutoring Program
Chairman of the Department of History
“History is the torch that illuminates the past and helps us guard against repeating our past mistakes.”
David Ballew came to work at Chowan University in 2002.
Danny B. Moore
“I fell in love Chowan upon my arrival several years ago. Since then, I already have memories to last me a lifetime—dogwoods blooming on a warm April morning, graduates lined up in their caps and gowns, students walking through Squirrel Park on cool autumn days, those majestic white columns adorning the administration building. 'If you have to fall in love with something," Robert Frost wrote, "you can do a lot worse than a college.' I can't agree more.”
Danny Moore came to Chowan University in 1994.
“My current research focuses on the dangers of the ideologue. I am studying a North Carolina native named Paul Crouch who spent seventeen years in the Communist Party of the United States of America. During that time he met with Soviet leaders, organized American workers, sought to infiltrate the U.S. military with Communist soldiers, and otherwise served the Communist cause. After leaving the Party in 1941, he became an anti-Communist and spent seven years as a paid informant “naming names” for the federal government. In both cases, Crouch was the perfect embodiment of the ideologue. He was a true believer who fought for each ideology with a dogged determination. In the process, however, he helped wreak havoc on the nation. As a Communist he tried to destroy American-style democratic capitalism in favor of Soviet-style Communism. As an anti-Communist he facilitated the trampling of the American values he claimed to love and cherish in the panicked search for domestic Communists. I thus use him as an example of the dangers of ideologues and ideological certitude.”
Gregory Taylor came to work at Chowan in 2007.
The History of the North Carolina Communist Party, The University of South Carolina Press, May 2009.
“Organized Labor, Reds, and Radicals of the 1930s,” in Interpreting American History: The New Deal and the Great Depression. Interpreting American History Series. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2012.
Review of Liberty and Freedom: North Carolina’s Tour of the Bill of Rights, by Kenrick N. Simpson, ed., Journal of Southern History February 2011, pp. 215-16.
Review of White Collar Radicals: TVA’s Knoxville Fifteen, the New Deal, and the McCarthy Era, by Aaron Purcell, in West Virginia History Fall 2010, pp. 117-118.
Review of Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1940, by Glenda Gilmore, The American Historical Review October 2010, pp. 1182-1183.
Review of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States, by Sharon Smith, in American Communist History, Fall 2009, pp. 225-227.
“You Know What UNC Stands for, Don’t You?: Organized Communism and the University of North Carolina,” Barton College Visiting Speaker Series, April 14, 2011.
It’s About Time: Race, Class, Gender, and the 1960’s Ethos that Facilitated Unionization in the Textile Mills of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina” at the Roanoke Rapids Canal Museum and Trail, March 23, 2011.
“’Horatios at the Bridge’: A Brief History of the North Carolina Communist Party, 1929-1960,” Historical Society of North Carolina, Elon University, Elon, NC, April 16, 2010.
“Workers, Farmers and the North Carolina Communist Party’s Electoral Campaign, 1930-1940,” Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Dahlonega, GA, March 20, 2010.
Dean F. Lawson
"My field of teaching specialization, writing, and research is Early Modern England. I taught a course on Stuart England at Chowan University Spring Semester 2011, and I’m currently teaching a course with a focus on Tudor England. With regard to writing and research, I have begun revising my dissertation for publication. My dissertation examined the public life of Edward Sexby, a figure active during England’s Civil War and Interregnum (1642-1660). Sexby is best remembered today for some populist demands and heated exchanges with Oliver Cromwell during those discussions in parliament’s New Model Army on the constitution and future of England known as the Putney Debates (1647), and as the most probable author of Killing Noe Murder (1657), a pamphlet providing learned justifications for Cromwell’s assassination in response to his increasingly monarchical Protectorate (1653-1658). My work will contextualize Killing Noe Murder by providing a clearer picture both of Sexby’s public life and his relationship with Oliver Cromwell. It will consider Sexby roles as a representative for the rank and file of the New Model Army, speaker in the Putney Debates, state servant for the English Republic (1649-1653), and conspirator against the Protectorate and life of Oliver Cromwell. Though focused on a single, extraordinary figure, my study will illuminate broader themes of interest to students of political culture. Sexby’s public life demonstrates how social and educational barriers separating political groups were permeable and how radical thought and action were intertwined.”
Dean Lawson came to work at Chowan in 2010.
Courses Taught or Teaching:
“Edward Sexby as Intermediary in 1648: ‘Courier of Revolution,’” presented on a panel titled “Loyalties and Allegiances in Stuart England”; annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, March 2011
“Leading Agitator, Favored Agitator, and ‘New Agent’: Edward Sexby’s Part in the Events of 1647,” presented on a panel titled “Civil War and Interregnum: Rhetoric, Religion, and Polemic”; annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on British Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, October 2009
“Illiterate or Accomplished: Edward Sexby as Author, 1647-1657,” presented on a panel titled “Radical Thought and Action in the English Revolution”; annual meeting of the Southern Conference on British Studies, Birmingham, AL, November 2006
“The Marquis de Lafayette: Revolutionary and Murfreesboro Resident,” presented at the annual Chowan University Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2011
“Edward Sexby and the ‘Army Revolt’ of 1647,” presented to the British and European History Workshop conducted by the Department of History at the University of Alabama, November 2008
“Upon a Dangerous Design: The Career of Edward Sexby,” presented to the British and European History Workshop conducted by the Department of History at the University of Alabama, April 2008