Category Archives: News

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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Department Holds Annual Welcome Back Party

On September 17, the History Department hosted its annual Welcome Back Party at the Tuscaloosa Sailing Club. New faculty members Drs. Lucy Kaufman and Matt Lockwood were welcomed to the department and the faculty, staff, and graduate students celebrated the beginning of the school year. Additionally, Dr. Rothman thanked our instructors for their contributions to […]

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Power & Struggle Conference Begins Friday, September 22

Registration for the 2017 Power & Struggle Conference will begin on Friday, September 22, at 5:00 pm, in Smith Hall. A reception will follow from 5:30-6, supper from 6-7:00, and the keynote address from Dr. Kate Brown, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will begin at 7:00 pm. Saturday’s events begin at 8:00 am […]

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Department Hosts Panel on the American Civil War Online and in the Public Sphere

On September 14, 2017, the Department of History was proud to host “The American Civil War Online and in the Public Sphere,” a panel with Susannah J. Ural of the University of Southern Mississippi, Judith Giesberg of Villanova University, and Anne Rubin of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Each presenter spoke about their respective backgrounds […]

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Symposium on “Dixie’s Great War: World War I and the American South,” to be held Friday, October 6, 2017

Register today and plan to attend the one-day symposium, “Dixie’s Great War: World War I and the American South,” to be held Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Ferguson Center Great Hall on The University of Alabama’s campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Dixie’s Great War symposium, hosted by the Summersell Center for the Study of the […]

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Professor Joshua Rothman Part of Team that Receives $300,000 NEH Grant

This story was published originally in The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences’ Desktop News. Can you imagine opening a newspaper and seeing an advertisement for a runaway slave? In today’s world, it’s hard to fathom what it must have been like to live in a time when slavery was accepted. Dr. Joshua […]

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Department Hosts Professor Karen Ordahl Kupperman for talk on Children in Early North American Colonies

On 31 August 2017, Dr. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Silver Professor of History Emerita at New York University, delivered a talk to the History Department entitled, “Double Agents in Early Jamestown: Pocahontas, Thomas Savage, Henry Spelman, and Robert Poole.” Kupperman’s scholarship focuses on the 16th and 17th century Atlantic World, and her presentation focused on the […]

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The American Civil War Online and in the Public Sphere: A Panel Discussion to be held September 14

Three prominent Civil War Historians are coming to the UA campus to discuss their experiences with using digital projects in the classroom and in their research. They will also address the ways in which the Civil War has gained relevance in today’s current political climate. The panel discussion will be held in room 30, ten […]

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Princeton University Prof Matthew Karp to Speak on “Slave Power: How Southern Slaveholders Mastered U.S. Foreign Policy” and Sign Books, Sept 20

Princeton University Assistant Professor Matthew Karp will present a talk entitled “Slave Power: How Southern Slaveholders Mastered U.S. Foreign Policy” on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, in 30 ten Hoor Hall. Karp is the author of This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy, which was published by […]

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Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Silver Professor of History Emerita at New York University, to speak on “Double Agents in Early Jamestown: Pocahontas, Thomas Savage, Henry Spelman, and Robert Poole,” August 31.

Thousands of people found themselves living in new and strange circumstances as the Atlantic Ocean was transformed from a barrier to a pathway in the sixteenth century. Jamestown, England’s precarious early seventeenth-century colony, was filled with people whose “true” identity was unclear, including Pocahontas, and three English boys, Thomas Savage, Henry Spelman, and Robert Poole. […]

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Noted Civil War Historian William C. Harris’s Career Began in the Department of History at The University of Alabama

Alumnus William C. Harris, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, began his fifty-year career as a Civil War historian here in Tuscaloosa, earning both his undergraduate and graduate history degrees from The University of Alabama Department of History. Harris, a native of Mount Meigs, Alabama, earned his BA from Alabama in 1954 and, after […]

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Professor Joshua Rothman’s Washington Post Piece Explores the Historical Background of Attacks on the Press.

The following article by Dr. Joshua Rothman appears in the August 1, 2017 edition of the Washington Post.  “The constant churn among President Trump’s communications staff — including the abrupt ouster of Anthony Scaramucci, who days ago promised to bring “an era of a new good feeling” to press relations in his role as communications […]

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Dr. Glenn Brasher’s Review of PBS’s Mercy Street Featured in Smithsonian.

Dr. Glenn Brasher‘s review of PBS’s Mercy Street was recently featured in Smithsonian Magazine. “Days before President Trump proposed eliminating federal funds for public broadcasting, PBS cancelled “Mercy Street,” the ambitious period drama they debuted with high expectations in 2016. PBS stated that it could no longer afford the expensive production and high-caliber cast — especially […]

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