Jess Alan Usher
Born in Savannah, Georgia, my family moved to Winston-Salem when I was eight. I attended North Carolina State University as a Textile Engineering major and then spent over twenty years in the fire suppression industry. In 2003 I arrived at Winston-Salem State to achieve a boyhood dream of teaching history. I received my BA in history in 2006. Thanks to the the superb instruction received at WSSU, the logical next step was to pursue graduate degrees. If all goes well, my dissertation defense will occur very soon.
I have two grown sons. I love all sports, especially golf, basketball, football, and baseball. I played all major sports as a young man and confess to achieving consistent mediocrity in each.
- ABD History University of North Carolina Greensboro
- MA History University of North Carolina Greensboro
- BA History Winston-Salem-State University
Research and Project Interests
- Currently completing Ph.D. dissertation, An Uneasy Peace: The Struggle for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1960-1972.
- The application of historical analysis to issues of economic justice and race relations.
- African American golfers and the struggle to desegregate recreational facilities.
- Enslaved urban factory workers in the North Carolina Piedmont.
- “'The Golfers': African American Golfers of the North Carolina Piedmont and the Struggle for Access," North Carolina Historical Review, (April, 2010).
- "Review: Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina by Charles W. McKinney," North Carolina Historical Review, (October, 2011).
- “Review: To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America by Robert R. Korstad and James L. Leloudis,” North Carolina Historical Review, (January, 2011).
- "Unreconstructed Confederates and Other Social Problems Caused by the War of Northern Aggression," Social Science Journal Winston-Salem State University. (Spring 2011, No. 9, Second Series).
- “Native Americans in North Carolina: A Historiographical Analysis," Social Science Journal Winston-Salem State University. (Spring 2010, No. 8, Second Series).
- Retrospective Review Essay: Roll, Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Eugene Genovese. Social Science Journal Winston-Salem State University. (Spring 2008, No. 6, Second Series).
- Retrospective Review Essay: Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation by John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger. Social Science Journal Winston-Salem State University. (Spring 2008, No. 6, Second Series).
- “Dual Consciousness: The Influence of the Civil Rights Movement on Feminism.” Social Science Journal Winston-Salem State University. (Spring 2006, No. 4, Second Series).
"Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." ~ C.S. Lewis
"We feast on those who would subdue us." ~ Gomez Addams