James Duane Bolin


"Home and Away' A Professor's Journal"

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1988
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1982
B.A., Belmont University 1978

Bosses of the Bluegrass: Political Bosses and Their Machines in Kentucky History (under contract and forthcoming with the University Press of Kentucky)
The Belmont Story, 1851-1951: Women’s Education in the South (under review at the University of Tennessee Press)
Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Big-Time College Basketball in America (under contract and forthcoming in 2016)
Home and Away: A Professor's Journal.
 Sikeston, Missouri: Acclaim Press, 2016)
“The Woman Who Helps Blind Children See: Linda Neville and the Crusade to End Blindness in Kentucky.” Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times. Ed., Melissa McEuen and Thomas H. Appleton, Jr. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2015.
“In Search of the Humanities,” Regular Column in Kentucky Humanities Magazine (Spring, 2014-present)
The Banner Years: Murray State Basketball, 1925-2012. Sikeston, Missori: Acclaim Press, 2013.
Bossism and Reform in a Southern City: Lexington, Kentucky, 1880-1940 
.Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 2000. (Finalist for the Kentucky Historical Society’s Governor’s Award)
Kentucky Baptists, 1925-2000: A Story of Cooperation. Brentwood and Nashville, Tennessee: Southern Baptist Historical Society and Fields Publishing Incorporated, 2000. (Winner of Award of Merit from the Kentucky Historical Society and the Historic Confederation of Kentucky)
“Home and Away,” Weekly newspaper column for the Murray Ledger & Times (2005- present), the Providence Journal-Enterprise (2008-present), the Advocate-Messenger (2012-present), the Winchester Sun (2012-present), the Sebree Banner (2013-present)
"`An Air of Tenseness’: Labor Strife and Tragedy in Kentucky's Western Coal Field," The Filson Club History Quarterly. January, 1999: 3-33.
"The Sins of the Fathers: Clifton Rodes Breckinridge Remembers the Civil War," Civil War History. March, 1998: 35-51.
"Clifton Rodes Breckinridge: ‘The Little Arkansas Giant,’" Arkansas Historical Quarterly. Winter, 1994: 407-427.
"The Human Side: Politics, the Great Depression, and the New Deal in Lexington, Kentucky, 1929-1935." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Summer, 1992: 256-283.
"From Mules to Motors: The Street Railway System in Lexington, Kentucky, 1882-1938." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Spring, 1989: 118-143.
An Abiding Faith: A Sesquicentennial History of Providence, Kentucky, 1840-1990. Providence, Kentucky: Chamber of Commerce, 1990.

Courses Taught
History Transitions
American Experience Before 1865
American Experience Since 1865
Sports in America
Professional Engagement Senior Seminar
Transformation of America 1877-1929
History of Kentucky

Research Interests
Sports History, especially Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Big-Time College Basketball; The Religious Faith of James Madison; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, specifically his tour of the American South in 1930 and 1931; The History of Higher Education in America. particularly the American South

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  • Dr. Bolin with his Family
  • Dr. Bolin with Country Music Artist Vince Gill
  • Dr. Bolin with his two children
  • Dr. Bolin with former President Jimmy Carter
  • Dr. Bolin's Sophmore Year
  • Dr. Bolin at Belmont
  • Jerry West and Dr. Bolin
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  • Dr. Bolin's high school basketball team
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  • Dr. Bolin shooting a free throw
  • Dr. Bolin in college
  • Dr. Bolin's team photo for Belmont
  • Dr. Bolin and his wife
  • Webster County Starters
  • Dr. Bolin as Mr. Belmont