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Former Ambassador and Congresswoman Connie Morella Will Also Make Remarks

 J. Lee Annis, Jr., professor of history at Montgomery College, will discuss his new book Big Jim Eastland: The Godfather of the Mississippi on September 26 at 7 p.m. on the Rockville Campus in the Theatre Arts Arena. Former Ambassador and Congresswoman Connie Morella will also make remarks.

For decades after the Second World War, Senator James O. Eastland (1904-1986) was one of the more intransigent leaders of the Deep South’s resistance to what he called “the Second Reconstruction.” And yet he developed, late in his life, a very real friendship with state NAACP chair Aaron Henry. Big Jim Eastland provides the life story of this savvy, unpredictable powerhouse.

Professor Annis has taught history at Montgomery College for the past 30 years. He is the author of Howard Baker: Conciliator in an Age of Crisis, and, with Senator William H. Frist, the coauthor of Tennessee Senators, 1911-2001: Portraits of Leadership in a Century of Change.

Books will be available for sale at the event (cash or checks only please). All proceeds will benefit The Connie Morella Endowed Scholarship Fund at Montgomery College.

The event is sponsored by the History and Political Science Department and by Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville, MD.


Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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