Davis Houck is a professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University. He has authored several books on the American civil rights movement, including Emmett Till (with Matthew A. Grindy) and the Mississippi Press and Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965 (with David E. Dixon). His earlier scholarship focused on American presidential rhetoric, and includes Rhetoric as Currency: Hoover, Roosevelt and the Great Depression, which won the 2002 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Prize for the best book in American public address. In addition, his widely acclaimed history of Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, Fear Itself, was submitted for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Away from school, Houck enjoys playing golf, gardening and contemplating the mystery of the area’s magnificent Live Oaks.