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Book Co-written by R-MC Sociology Professor Nominated for Literary Award

Jun 27, 2017


Jack TrammellA book co-written by Randolph-Macon College Sociology Professor Jack Trammell has been nominated in the nonfiction category for the 19th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The Literary Awards celebrate Virginia authors, their publishers and their literary contributions. Finalists will be announced in summer 2017 for the 2017 Literary Awards Celebration. The Fourth Branch of Government: We the People (Brandylane Publishing, 2016), which is co-authored by Guy Terrell, focuses on the importance of updating the framework of democracy.

About the Book
"It is a movement whose time has come, and one that the Founding Fathers envisioned," says Trammell about the book's focus. "We outline a roadmap for how change can be facilitated, as well as a rationale for why it is necessary. The only way to update our democracy and make it relevant to the 21st century is to call for a constitutional convention. In that forum, we can consider changes like eliminating the Electoral College, or implementing e-voting, perhaps even changes leading to broader and more direct participation in our governance, the The Fourth Branch of Government We the PeopleFourth Branch of Government."

Jack Trammell
Trammell has written hundreds of articles and stories, and more than 20 books. He served as director of R-MC's Honors program from 2009 to 2014 and teaches courses in disability studies in the Sociology Department. He also served as director of R-MC's Disability Support Services from 2001 to 2016.

Trammell is an author in the 2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II. In addition, he is the author of Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River and The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion. Trammell, who is currently at work on a book about the history of Richmond, was in 2014 a candidate for U.S. Congress in Representative Eric Cantor's seat.

Trammell, who joined the faculty in 2000, earned his B.A. at Grove City College and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University.