'Written at the crossroads where American myth and reality intersect, Steel Drivin' Man is a tribute and requiem to the real steel drivin' men who built this country.' -- Bruce Springsteen
'This astute account ... is a useful and engaging perspective on our propensity for repeating our financial mistakes.' – Publishers Weekly
Scott Reynolds Nelson was raised in Sanford, Fla. After working in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Toronto as a bookseller, busboy, teacher, and network engineer, he received a Ph.D in American History from the University of North Carolina in 1995. A married father of two, he is Legum Professor of History at the College of William & Mary where he teaches 19th-century American history.
His first book, Iron Confederacies, was a business and labor history of the Southern Railway, the world's first multi-divisional corporation. Nelson's second book, Steel Drivin' Man explored the real life and legend of railway hero John Henry. Published by Oxford University Press in 2006, it received rave reviews in Entertainment Weekly, The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. The story aired on the History Channel and NPR's All Things Considered and won numerous awards.
His latest book, A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters, explores how America's numerous financial downturns reshaped American politics and society.
A popular professor at a college famous for its teacher-scholars, Nelson is a warm and witty public lecturer. He has delivered large public lectures for audiences on four continents, including venues in Toronto, Paris, London, and Hong Kong.
In addition to the evening lecture at ETSU, Nelson will also speak Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in the Millennium Centre on "From Mortgage Crisis to Market Meltdown." This morning lecture, sponsored by ETSU's College of Business and Technology, is also free but requires space reservation by calling 423.439.5300.
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