Newsletter

From The Chair

Thank you for spending time with the Spring 2022 newsletter from the Department of History, which contains a great deal to get you caught up on at least some activities happening both in and beyond the classroom. I typically spend the update from the Chair singing the well-deserved praises of our incredible students, instructors, and […]

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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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Crimson Historical Review Continues to Grow

This past year, staff at the Crimson Historical Review transformed sixty-plus submissions into their most enterprising set of issues to date. In the spring, exceptional authors from across the US combined with CHR review board and copy editors to produce, then perfect, articles examining topics as broad as alcohol consumption in Nazi-occupied areas to masculinity […]

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Peer Mentors Continue to Serve their Fellow students

The History Peer Mentoring Program at The University of Alabama was first introduced in 2011. During the past decade the Department has recruited hundreds of peer mentors, who in turn have helped thousands of students maximize their performance in the Department’s courses by tutoring their fellow students, helping to develop their study skills; improve their […]

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The Summersell Center for the Study of the South Continues to Explore Hidden histories

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South has continued the research of hidden Southern history with its two new classes in the fall semester. “Race and Injustice in the Modern South” explores crime, punishment, and race in the American South from enslavement through the rise of mass incarceration in the 21st […]

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Department Continues Internship Program with White House Historical Association

The department is continuing its partnership with the White House Historical Association (WHHA) on an annual internship for UA history majors. The internship program was started by WHHA president and UA alumnus Stewart McLaurin (BA, 1981) as way of giving back to his alma mater. Though Malcolm Cammeron (MA, 2019) was the first WHHA intern […]

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Graduate History Association Modifies Power & Struggle Conference

The GHA looks forward to a second paper contest. Last year’s contest, held in lieu of a face-to-face event, received 25 submissions from the US and abroad. Winners were selected in four categories: Overall Paper, Paper in Southern History, Paper in Power & Struggle (conference theme), and Paper by a Phi Alpha Theta member. This […]

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Recent Graduate Job Placements & Matriculations

Stephen Boutwell, MA has continued on to PhD program in History at The University of Alabama Brian Martin, MA has continued on to PhD program in History at The University of Alabama Blake McKinney, PhD now Assistant Professor of History and Humanities at Texas Baptist College Brianna Meyer, MA has continued on to PhD program […]

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Blake Scott Ball (PhD, 2017) Publishes Charlie Brown’s America

Department of History PhD alumnus Blake Scott Ball has crafted an exceptional narrative of Cold War-era America through an unlikely subject: Charlie Brown. In Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts, Dr. Ball looks into the emotional journey taken by the Peanuts comic from the Cold War to the Civil Rights Movement and the […]

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Faculty Updates

Margaret Abruzzo is writing a book about changing conceptions of sin and wrongdoing—and what it meant to be a “good person”—in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American moral thought. John Beeler spent academic year 2020-21 working on two of several book projects currently in hand, chiefly a social and cultural study of the Scots professional and gentry […]

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Dr. Sharony Green Awarded Newberry Fellowship to Study Zora Neale Hurston

Complicated power exchanges have been a focal point of interest to Dr. Sharony Green for quite some time. After researching this topic with antebellum white and African Americans as well as people of African descent on the Florida peninsula since the colonial era in mind, Dr. Green has focused on Alabama native, author, and anthropologist […]

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Faculty Publications

Joshua D. Rothman, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (Basic Books, 2021) For the past seven years Dr. Joshua D. Rothman, chair of the Department of History, combed archives across the country, working to craft an illuminating narrative of Isaac Franklin, John Armfield, and Rice Ballard, three business partners who […]

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Summersell Center Accepting Deep South Book Prize Nominations

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 pleased to announce that they are receiving nominations for the 2021 Summersell Deep South Book Prize for the best book on the history of the American South. The author […]

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Dr. Jenny Shaw Wins William & Mary Quarterly’s Lester J. Cappon Award

Associate Professor Jenny Shaw has been named the winner of the 2020 Lester J. Cappon Award, which is given annually to the author of the best article published in the William & Mary Quarterly. Shaw’s award was in recognition of her April 2020 WMQ article, “‘In the Name of the Mother’: The Story of Susannah […]

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Dr. Julia Brock Awarded NEA Grant

Dr. Julia Brock seeks to tell stories of the past in a new way in order to bring history to a broader audience. Through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town Program,” Dr. Brock will explore Tuscaloosa history in new and exciting ways. The Our Town Program is a national […]

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