Michael T. Bertrand

Associate Professor of History




Hello. Welcome to my webpage. My teaching and scholarship are reflective of a long-standing commitment to understanding the various interrelationships between race, class, gender, and generation, particularly as they have existed and evolved in the American South. I am especially interested in comprehending the complex connections and dynamics between popular music (and culture) and social change in the 20th century.






"This book is an eye-opener for anyone who wants to understand race, class, and popular culture in the modern South. It is broadly and solidly based in sources, and convincingly and readably argued that rock 'n' roll can be a sound means for recognizing the transformation of the lives of black and white working-class youths in the South of the 1950s and 1960s. It needs to be read by sociologists, anthropologists, and historians, not only by musicologists."


Carl N. Degler, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University



   To Contact Dr. Bertrand:


"The past is not dead. It is not

 even past." -- southern writer

 and novelist William Faulkner


Department of History, Geography,

and Political Science

Tennessee State University

3500 John Merritt Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37209

Phone# (615) 963-1376

Fax# (615) 963-5497



"When I get a little money, I buy books; and, if any is left, I buy food and

clothes" -- Erasmus (and Bertrand -- just ask anyone who has seen his library and his wardrobe!)