George Ellenberg

Vice Provost and Professor of History
Phone: (850) 474-2035
Office: Bldg. 10

Courses Taught

History of the Old South (undergraduate and graduate), History of the New South (undergraduate and graduate), Civil War and Reconstruction, American History, 1877-1919, American Military History and Strategy and Policy of Warfare.


American South, Agricultural History, Late-19th and Early-20th Century America

Current Research Interests

Draft animal use in the South and shift from draft animals to mechanized agriculture in the South.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky; M.A., Clemson University; B.A., Clemson University

Awards and Honors

Numerous teaching awards such as the University of West Florida Student Government Association Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, 1999-2000.

American Council on Education Fellow, Class of 2007-2008

Alumnus of the Summer Seminar in Military History, United States Military Academy at West Point, 2001.


  • Southern Historical Association
  • The Historical Society
  • Agricultural History Society
  • Society for Military History
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Notable Articles/Publications

"Tractors" in The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2007).

“Horses and Mules” inThe American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2007).

“Debating Farm Power: Draft Animals, Tractors, and the United States Department of Agriculture,” In Agricultural History, 74 (Summer 2000): 545-568.

“African Americans, Mules, and the Southern Mindscape, 1850-1950,” In Agricultural History, 72 (Spring 1998): 381-398.

“ ‘May the Club Work Go On Forever’: Home Demonstration and Rural Progressivism in 1920s Ballard County,” In The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 96 (Spring 1998): 137-166.

“An Uncivil War of Words: Indian Removal in the Press, 1830.” In Atlanta History 23 (Spring 1989): 49-59.

Mule South to Tractor South: Mules, Machines, and the Transformation of the Cotton South
(University of Alabama Press, 2007), recipient of the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize

"Mules" in Encyclopedia of Alabama History, November 2008