In her English Honors Thesis titled, Reaping the Whirlwind: How the Press Created Fear to Justify Anti-Black Legislation (1739-1898), Tammy analyzes press coverage of the Stono Rebellion, Nat Turner’s insurrection, and the Wilmington Race Riot. She provides the rare, connecting link between the agenda of the white elite press and how it spread fear among slave-owners and southern whites; in turn resulting in a devastating and long lasting negative impact on African Americans.
Tammy’s approach to the topic was one of the first inter-disciplinary theses submitted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, connecting both the English and History departments.
The Nature of Symbols was chosen for the Phillips Scholarship Award by the English Department at the University of Alabama @ Birmingham for 2016-17. It is an analysis of the short story, “The Sky is Gray” by noted author Ernest J. Gaines.