Texas Tech University

Charles L. Wood Annual Lecture Series

Ellen Wu (Indiana University, Bloomington)
"Overrepresented: The Surprising History of Asian Americans and Racial Justice"

Pekka Hämäläinen (University of Oxford)
"Comanche Southwest: The Contest for Empire"

Tiago Saraiva (Drexel University)
"Cannibalism and Sadness: Californian Oranges in São Paulo and the Writing of Global History"

Bruce E. Baker (Newcastle University)
"Dirty Cotton: How Crime and Corruption Made the Postbellum Cotton Trade"

Marc Elie (French National Center for Scientific Research)
"From One Dust Bowl to the Other: North-American Erosion Experience in Soviet Kazakhstan during the Cold War"

Cecilia Tsu (University of California, Davis)
"Refugees and the Agrarian Dream: The Politics of Resettlement in the 1980s"

Rebecca Sharpless (Texas Christian University)
"Do You Want Biscuits or Cornbread?: Grains in Conflict in Early America"

Lisa M. Brady (Boise State University)
"Seeds of Discord: Agricultural Implications of Modern Warfare"

Emilio Zamora (University of Texas at Austin)
"From Texas Farms to the Americas: Alonso Perales and His International Call for Mexican Civil Rights"

Debra A. Reid (Eastern Illinois University)
"Planters and Laborers Across the Civil War Years: A Texas Journal"

Melissa Walker (Converse College)
"Agrarians, Locavores, Foodies, and Congressmen: Some Thoughts on Contemporary Food Issues"

Sterling Evans (University of Oklahoma)
"Nothing New about NAFTA: Connecting Great Plains Agriculture to a Larger North American History"

David Danbom (North Dakota State University)
"Myths of American Agricultural History: Rethinking Farmers' Behavior"

Claire Strom (Rollins College)
"Ticks, Men, and Cattle: Cattle Tick Eradication and the Transformation of the Yeoman South."

Peter A. Coclanis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
"Two Cheers for Revolution: The Virtues of Regime Change in World Agriculture"

Deborah Fitzgerald (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Industrializing Everything: Food and Farmers in a Technological World"

Pamela Riney-Kehrberg (Iowa State University)
"Childhood on the Farm: A Natural History"

Steven Stoll (Yale University)
"Fatal Promises: Agriculture and Capitalism"

Donald J. Pisani (University of California, Davis)
"The Family Farm, the Reclamation Bureau, and the American West in the 20th Century"

William Kittredge (University of Montana)
"Klamath: Calamity without a Cure?"

John R. Wunder (University of Nebraska)
"The Last Season: Crisis Times in Modern Plains Agricultural Communities and the End of Six-Man Football."

Vicki L. Ruiz (University of California, Irvine)
"Big Dreams, Rural Schools: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1879-1950"

Dan Flores (University of Montana)
"Alternative World: Comanche Spirit of Place and the Pre-Agricultural Llano Estacado"

Elliott West (University of Arkansas)
"Finishing America: Bringing the Great Plains into the Nation"

Myron P. Gutmann (University of Texas at Austin)
"A New Look at the Causes of the Dust Bowl"

Anne Butler (Utah State University)
"Sowing Seeds of Justice: Catholic Nuns, Race, and Texas"

Peter Iverson (Arizona State University)
"Natives and Newcomers: Residence, Tradition and Identity in the Rural American West"

Richard Slatta (North Carolina State University)
"Social History in the Saddle: Trailing the History of the Cowboys of the Americas"

Joan M. Jensen (New Mexico State University)
"Where Have All the Rural Women Gone in Texas?"

Patricia Nelson Limerick (University of Colorado)
"City and Country in the American West: Can This Marriage Be Saved?"

Terry G. Jordan (University of Texas at Austin)
"The Overemphasis of Texas as a Source of Western Cattle Ranching"

Donald E. Worster (University of Kansas)
"Cowboy Ecology: A New Look at an Old West"

R. Douglas Hurt (Iowa State University)
"Land Policy in Little Dixie, 1800-1820"

Wayne D. Rasmussen (United States Department of Agriculture)
"The Family Farm in Historical Perspective"

Clark C. Spence (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
"Texas and the Age of Pluviculture"

Joe B. Frantz (Corpus Christi State University)
"Little Water, Less Wood"

Gilbert C. Fite (University of Georgia)
"Recent Trends in the United States Agriculture History"

Charles L. Wood
1937 - 1981

Charles Wood

Charles L. Wood was a son of the Great Plains and its agricultural heritage. Born into a farm family in Hemingsford, Nebraska, Chuck Wood was educated at St. Benedict's College in Atchinson, Kansas, and at the University of Kansas where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American history under the tutelage of Professors George L. Anderson and John G. Clark. Between 1963 and 1970 and again from 1974 to 1976, he served on the faculty of Hayden High School in Topeka. Chuck joined the history faculty at Texas Tech University in 1976 where he taught agricultural history until his sudden death in 1981.

Although his stay with us was brief, Chuck communicated his deep affection for the land and people of the Plains and energetically pursued his research on cattle ranching in the West. His articles on the range and cattle industry appeared in the Kansas Historical Quarterly and the Journal of the West, and in 1980 his monograph The Kansas Beef Industry was published by the Regents of Press of Kansas. An Associate of the International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies at Texas Tech, Chuck Wood had begun to research the ranching industry in West Texas at the time of his death.

Chuck's enthusiasm for his subject, his dedication to good teaching and careful scholarship, and his kind and gentle manner touched students and colleagues alike. Both agricultural history and Texas Tech are richer for the work of Charles L. Wood.

-Joseph E. King
Department of History
Texas Tech University