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Spring 2020 Edition of Historically Speaking Published Electronically

Last week the Department of History published its Spring 2020 edition of Historically Speaking completely electronically. Though we’ve always made an electronic edition available online, we’ve focused our spring efforts on a print edition for Honor’s Day, traditionally. The ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency forced us to change those plans, like it has so much else […]

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Graduate Students Help Catalog Materials at the Lillian E. Smith Center

During the past weekend, History M.A. students Emma Pepperman and Margaret Schultz joined Dr. Julia Brock at the Lillian E. Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, to create a catalog of the material culture that is housed within the Center. The site was the former Laurel Falls Girls Camp, begun by the family of writer and […]

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Dr. Kristopher Teters to Speak on “An Army of Liberation: How Western Union Officers Carried out and Felt about Emancipation during the Civil War”

Please join us on February 27, at Noon, to welcome Dr. Kristopher Teters for his lunch talk, “An Army of Liberation: How Western Union Officers Carried out and Felt about Emancipation during the Civil War.” Dr. Kristopher Teters earned his Ph.D. in 2012 at The University of Alabama, working with Dr. George Rable. The focus […]

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Matthew Hulbert Visits Department

Dr. Matthew Hulbert, assistant professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College, visited the department on Friday, February 7, to discuss his book, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (UGA 2016). Hulbert’s wide-ranging talk covered noted American characters of the period, from Billy the Kid to Jesse James, but […]

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Undergraduate Historical Society Hosts Dr. Steven Bunker

On Wednesday, February 12, the Undergraduate Historical Society hosted a talk with Dr. Steven Bunker about his HY 378 course, “Drugs, Booze, and Mexico.” Bunker compared U.S. and Mexican notions about drugs and alcohol, noting that the U.S. was the first to put marijuana on the list of controlled substances in 1925. He explained that […]

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Sisters and Rebels Named Winner of the 2020 Summersell 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 2020 Summersell Prize for the best book on the history of the American South: Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul […]

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Andrew Huebner’s Love and Death in the Great War wins SHGAPE President’s Prize

Professor Andrew Huebner‘s Love and Death in the Great War (Oxford UP, 2018) has been awarded the 2020 President’s Prize by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The Presidents’ Book Prize is awarded in even-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period […]

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Summersell Center Accepting Applications for Short-Term Research Fellowships

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 and The University of Alabama Libraries will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $500 each for the 2020-2021 […]

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Dr. Matthew Hulbert to discuss “Irregular Recollections: Civil War and Guerrilla Memory in the Missouri-Kansas Borderlands” on Feb. 7

Please join us to welcome Dr. Matthew Hulbert as he discusses his current book project: “Irregular Recollections: Civil War and Guerrilla Memory in the Missouri-Kansas Borderlands.” Dr. Hulbert will speak on Friday, February 7, 2020, at Noon in the Summersell Room (251 ten Hoor). Copies of his recent publications will be available for purchase and […]

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Lawrence Cappello’s None of Your Damn Business Reviewed in The Economist.

Assistant Professor Lawrence Cappello‘s recent book, None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age, was the subject of an extensive review in last month’s issue of The Economist. “ONE OF the toughest questions of modern life is where to draw the bounds of privacy—and privacy […]

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Cappello, Brock, and Smith interview Bill Baxley

Drs. Lawrence Cappello and Julia Brock, along with History triple-major Andrew Smith, interviewed Bill Baxley this week for the Birmingham Bar Association (BBA). Baxley is a University of Alabama graduate and a former Attorney General (1971-1979) and Lt. Governor (1983-1987) for Alabama. His tenure as A.G. is particularly noteworthy for his prosecution Civil Rights cold cases, including the bombing […]

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Dr. Gordon & Students From HY 315-The Civil War Visit Vicksburg

Joshua Keil, a PhD student of Dr. Lesley Gordon, joined his mentor’s HY 315 – The Civil War course on an excursion to the Vicksburg National Military Park, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His travel log below recounts their shared experiences. “The Key to the Past” Joshua Keil In the fall of 2019, undergraduates from Dr. Lesley Gordon’s […]

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Department Tailgates for Homecoming

The Department of History held a Homecoming tailgate on Saturday, October 26, braving the rainy and mucky weather before enjoying Alabama’s 48-7 deconstruction of the Arkansas Razorbacks. The wetness of the day could not dampen our enthusiasm for football, socializing, and Dr. John Beeler‘s superb pulled pork. Roll Tide! […]

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Students Host 11th Annual Power & Struggle Conference

The 11th Annual Graduate History Conference on Power and Struggle went off last weekend without a hitch. On Friday night, Dr. Vanessa Holden, of the University of Kentucky, delivered a keynote address on accessing tight-knit communities as an outsider, especially when the subject surrounding such communal closeness is wrought with contention. Her talk on the […]

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