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Welcome to the Department, Dr. Kaufman!

The Department of History is glad to formally welcome Dr. Lucy Kaufman, who joined our faculty this fall, to the ten Hoor family. From childhood through high school, Dr. Kaufman’s father would tell her and her sister “three-minute history lessons” on the way to school in the morning, and it was because of this that  […]

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The University of Alabama Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

On October 30th 2017, The University of Alabama commemorated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31st, 1517, which began the Protestant Reformation. The event featured professors from the Department of History, Modern Languages and Classics, and Music, as […]

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Thank You for Supporting “1867 in North America: Crisis on a Continent.”

On November 1 2017, the History Department hosted “1867 in North America: Crisis on a Continent.” Drs. Steven Bunker, Lesley J. Gordon, and Harold Selesky participated in this discussion of the sesquicentennial of the threefold political crisis that affected the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Dr. Gordon discussed issues surrounding Reconstruction, Dr. Selesky spoke about […]

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Students in Dr. Giggie’s Southern Memory: Lynching in Alabama Course Visit EJI Offices.

Students in Dr. Giggie’s HY 400 – Southern Memory: Lynching in Alabama course visited the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama on October 18th as part of their work to better understand and encourage awareness of racial violence during the post-Reconstruction era in Alabama. The students, who are researching ten African-Americans lynched in Pickens County […]

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Department Tailgates for Annual Thrashing of Tennessee

On October 28th, the History Department came together to tailgate before the Alabama-Tennessee game. Though our graduate students with degrees from the University of Tennessee were thoroughly harassed, students and professors had a wonderful time playing cornhole, eating Brunswick stew, and celebrating another gameday. Thank you to everyone who helped with setting up, brought food, […]

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1867 in North America: Crisis on a Continent

1867 was a tumultuous year for the nations of North America. The United States, only recently in the throes of a Civil War, was faced with the task of reintegrating the Confederate States and constructing legal protections for newly-emancipated freedmen and women. At the same time, Canada was also being knit more closely together, formed […]

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Dr. Andrew Paxman to Speak on “A Southerner South of the Border: How William Jenkins Became Mexico’s Richest Industrialist,” Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4 PM in the Summersell Room

Dr. Andrew Paxman, research professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico, will speak at 4 pm, Wednesday, October 18, at 4 pm, in the Summersell Room. Paxman’s talk is entitled “A Southerner South of the Border: How William Jenkins Became Mexico’s Richest Industrialist,” and is based upon his new book, Jenkins of […]

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Holly Pinheiro, Jr. to Speak on Race, Gender, and Citizenship During the Civil War Era on Tuesday, Oct. 17

University of Iowa doctoral candidate and current Alabama A&M University faculty member Holly Pinheiro, Jr., will deliver a talk entitled, “Men of Color! To Arms!: Race, Gender, and Citizenship During the Civil War Era,” on Tuesday, October 17, at Noon, in room 251 ten Hoor Hall (the Summersell Room). Pinheiro’s research examines the lives of […]

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The University of Alabama to Observe the Quincentennial of the Protestant Reformation

The Protestant Reformation 1517-2017: 500 Years of Faith, History, and the Arts Monday October 30, 2017 Moody Music Building Concert Hall The University of Alabama Reception and Book Exhibit 5:00 p.m. Program 6:00 p.m. Scholarly presentations and performances by University of Alabama faculty, as well as a curated book exhibit, to commemorate the Protestant Reformation. […]

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Our New Department Newsletter, Historically Speaking, Now Available!

We are please to announce that issue number one of Historically Speaking is now in print and on its way to faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of History at The University of Alabama. Our intention is to produce and send print copies of the newsletter each fall and another, electronic version, each […]

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GHA Holds Conference on Power and Struggle

This past weekend, graduate students in the Department of History held the ninth annual Conference on Power and Struggle. Dr. Kate Brown of the University of Maryland delivered the keynote address at the opening banquet on Friday, speaking about the afterlives of Chernobyl. On Saturday, there were four sessions with two panels each, covering a […]

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Mississippi State University Professor Jason Morgan Ward to Speak Thursday, Oct. 12, at 5 PM

The Summersell Center of the Study of the South and The University of Alabama Department of History will host Professor Jason Morgan Ward of Mississippi State University on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 5 o’clock in room 30 ten Hoor Hall. Ward is the author of Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century (2016) […]

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UA Students enrolled in a Southern memory course tell the stories of Tuscaloosa County lynching victims.

This article appeared originally on The University of Alabama’s Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility’s website. by Erin Mosley and Jamon Smith Dr. John Giggie describes the eras most Americans refer to as Reconstruction, the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties as periods of racial terror for a significant portion of the country’s population. “At […]

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Professor Matthew Karp Discusses Slaveholders and Foreign Policy

On September 20th, Dr. Matthew Karp of Princeton University delivered a lecture in ten Hoor Hall, entitled “Slave Power: How Southern Slaveholders Mastered U.S. Foreign Policy.” In addition to providing an overview of his book, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, Karp discussed how slaveholders in the Antebellum South […]

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Howard Jones’s My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness Explores Infamous Vietnam Massacre

This June, Professor Emeritus Howard Jones published My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness, a look into one of the most infamous incidents in the Vietnam War. On March 16, 1968, a group of American troops entered a South Vietnamese hamlet referred to as My Lai, the name of one of the hamlets. […]

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