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Dr. Allen W. Trelease

Dr. Allen W. Trelease
Dr. Allen W. Trelease

Dr. Allen W. Trelease, professor emeritus of history and former department head, died July 15, at the age of 83.

Trelease was a recognized historian who specialized in Southern history, especially of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He was the author of several books, including “White Terror: The Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy and Southern Reconstruction,” which received the 1972 Charles Sydnor Prize in History from the Southern Historical Association; and “The North Carolina Railroad, 1849-1971, and the Modernization of North Carolina,' which received the 1992 Hilton Book Award from the National Museum of American History; and “Indian Affairs in Colonial New York.”

He came to UNCG in 1967 from Wells College and served for 27 years until his retirement in 1994. During those years, he was head of the Department of History from 1986 to 1994 and also president of the North Carolina Historical Society. His service to the university included writing the definitive history “Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from Normal School to Metropolitan University, ” published in 2004. For UNCG's centennial celebration in 1991, he compiled and edited “Changing Assignments: A Pictorial History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” He also created the Allen W. Trelease Graduate Fellowship in the Department of History.

 

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