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Dr. Lawrence Cappello Interviewed About Ring Cameras and Privacy

Assistant Professor Lawrence Cappello appeared on NewsNation with Brian Entin to discuss the right-to-privacy implications of the recent revelation that Amazon, the parent company of Ring, released customers’ camera footage to law enforcement without customer consent or a court order. Cappello appears at the 1:16 mark below. […]

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Rethinking Alabama Politics from the Civil War to the Present: A History Symposium

Join the Department of History on Monday, October 3, 2022 for Rethinking Alabama Politics from the Civil War to the Present: A History Symposium. This event brings together today’s leading historians on Alabama history for a reappraisal of post-Civil-War era Alabama history. Lunch will be served for graduate students and panelists. Students should contact Brian […]

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Department Alumna Returns for Book Talk

Dr. Isabela Morales began her career as a historian as an undergraduate in The University of Alabama’s History Department (BA, 2012). During a visit to Hoole Special Collections Library as part of her Capstone Undergraduate Research class, she encountered a set of attorney papers from the nineteenth century. Those papers revealed that prominent Huntsville enslaver […]

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Rothman Named Finalist for 2022 Harriet Tubman Prize

Dr. Joshua Rothman, professor and chair of the Department of History, has been named a finalist for the 2022 Harriet Tubman Prize for his his The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (Basic Books, 2021). The Ledger and the Chain debunks the notion that slave traders were social pariahs and outcasts, proving […]

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Graduate Students Visit Pickensville Rosenwald School Museum

Dr. Julia Brock and graduate students rounded out the semester with a trip to Pickensville Rosenwald School Museum. Museum Board members, who are also alumni from Pickens County Rosenwald schools, gave a presentation on their work restoring the school (the only Rosenwald school left standing in the county) and collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Ransom of […]

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Voices of the Enslaved Wins 2022 Summersell Deep South Book Prize

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at The University of Alabama are proud to announce the winner of the Sixth Biennial Summersell Deep South Book Prize for the best book on the history of the American South: Voices of the Enslaved: […]

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MA Student Daniel Leon’s Op-Ed Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Daniel Leon, an MA student studying US and British relations during the American Civil War, published an op-ed piece with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently. Leon argues that the economic and political lessons learned from the South’s exit from the world cotton market, as well as the inherent dangers of both an economy based primarily […]

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Department Hosts Inaugural Session of “Southern Conversations.”

On the evening of April 11, history students and history professors gathered for the inaugural session of Southern Conversations, a series of informal discussions between history students and faculty about southern history. The first Conversation’s theme, “Gender Matters,” covered the past, present, and future of gender analysis in southern scholarship. Everyone started with a delicious […]

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Department of History Celebrates Honors Day

The Department of History recognized our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, April 8, 2022 at ten Hoor Hall. Friends and family joined to show their support for their students, and the event showed the strong community formed within the department, as well as the exemplary accomplishments and dedication from our students. The following […]

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Dr. Lesley Gordon & Students Visit Vicksburg Battlefield

Dr. Lesley Gordon took her Civil War class (HY 315) and UA History grad students on a tour of Vicksburg National Military Park this past March. They were joined by Dr. Susannah Ural and some of her students from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as UA and Southern Mississippi ROTC members. Park rangers […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Howard Jones, 1942-2022

Dr. Howard Jones, who was a Distinguished Research Professor at the University and a member of the Department of History for thirty-five years, passed away early in March after an illness. His accomplishments and his legacy are vast. Dr. Jones was a specialist in American diplomatic history and the history of American foreign policy. He […]

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Dr. Lawrence Cappello Interviewed About Mobile’s Proposed Surveillance System

Assistant Professor Lawrence Cappello, a specialist in U.S. Legal & Constitutional History and director of the department’s Legal History Concentration, was interviewed recently by al.com about the city of Mobile’s latest initiative to combat crime: the ShotSpotter system, which uses audio detection equipment to pinpoint the origin(s) of gunshots within the city. The city’s decision […]

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Summersell Center Now Accepting Short-Term Research Fellowship Applications

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the manuscript collections housed at The University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $500 each for the 2022-2023 academic year. Eligible researchers will have […]

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Senior Tejas Dinesh Wins Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Senior Tejas Dinesh is a recipient of the 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, one of UA’s Premier Awards. The Ohio native is a double major in History and Environmental Engineering. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizes two graduating seniors and one non-student award winner for their character excellence and service to humanity. As a part […]

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Empty Columns are a Place to Dream: Monuments as Community at the Intersection of Art and History

A lecture by Ric Kadour, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts Curatorial Fellow Monuments are ubiquitous in the landscape. Common and omnipresent, they blend into the background and go unnoticed until someone points them out. In recent years, monuments have become flashpoints of cultural controversy across the globe. Debates about monuments in the U.S. have […]

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