Time Remembered: Ole Miss 1945-1970, An Oral History
Edited by Al Povall
In this remarkable companion to A Tapestry of Red and Blue, Al Povall gives us an extraordinary social history of Ole Miss during a golden age: the years from 1945-1970. A Time Remembered is a book overflowing with memories that are at once startling, amazing, hilarious, and poignant. The reader will almost hear the voices of those who tell the stories, voices that resonate with the things that made Ole Miss what Ole Miss was then, and is now.
It was a time during which Ole Miss produced Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars, Miss Americas, championship football and baseball teams, future U.S. Senators, governors, and judges, and on and on and on. But even in the halcyon light of those successes lurked darkness. Thus came the James Meredith riot, which would constitute not only a dark chapter in the history of the university, but would irrevocably change Ole Miss in a myriad of ways that are still evident today.
From story to story, one cannot help but feel the palpable love that Ole Miss people have for their school, a love that is deep and wide, that is unbroken by time or events. As they love their school, Ole Miss people will also love this book. But anyone who enjoys history will, on a more fundamental level, discover what is a vital and valuable historical record of a special time, not only in Ole Miss history, but in the history of our country.