ETSU historian named to statewide World War I commission

Dr. Daryl A. Carter

JOHNSON CITY – A member of the Department of History faculty at East Tennessee State University will bring his expertise on 20th century history to the Great War Commission, a group created by the Tennessee General Assembly in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Dr. Daryl A. Carter, associate professor of history, was appointed to the commission by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Carter has taught history at ETSU since 2008. He said the commission will examine World War I, which started in August of 1914, in the context of Tennessee and the state’s citizens who were affected, both at home and abroad, by the war.

“Almost 100,000 Tennesseans, from Memphis to Johnson County, took part in the war effort,” Carter said. “This commission will look at the many ways in which those Tennesseans made the Allied victory possible.”

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Carter graduated from Johnson City’s Science Hill High School before earning a bachelor of science degree in political science and a master of arts degree in history from ETSU. In 2011 he earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis. His doctoral dissertation dealt with President Bill Clinton, African Americans, and the politics of race and class in America.

Carter was a member of ETSU’s Centennial Steering Committee.
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