Public History

Public History

Tuscaloosa, The Nineteenth Century City

“Tuscaloosa, The Nineteenth Century City,” is a short film by ten students enrolled in HY 300: The Nineteenth Century City at The University of Alabama.

Their instructor, Assistant History Professor Sharony Green, challenged them to find “the nineteenth-century city” in Tuscaloosa. Each student conducted research and became an “expert” on a local building. This film is the culmination of their efforts.

Former Assistant Professor Bart Elmore, who spins vinyl as a hobby, did the soundtrack for this project.

Watch the film on YouTube.

View The Crimson White‘s coverage of the event.

Tuscaloosa Environmental Digital Project

Creating A Historical Record of Tuscaloosa’s Ecology

Started in the fall of 2014, the Tuscaloosa Environmental Digital Project (TED) offers a digital environmental history of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The site features a map that highlights various businesses that operate in the Tuscaloosa area. University of Alabama students in an advanced undergraduate history class conducted extensive research on both the economic and ecological impact of these firms and uploaded data related to these businesses to the map.

Visitors can click on each flagged location on the map to learn more about the environmental footprint of specific enterprises.

A History of Games: Game Archive

Taught by Dr. Erik Peterson, HY 300-013: A History of Games examined particular games and game genres in their historical context using a case study format. This course focused on “board” and “video” games—those of chance and skill as opposed to physical games and sports.

Learn more on the HY 300 Game Archive website.

Departmental Surveys

In 2016, the Department History conducted the following surveys:

  • Majors survey for all UA students.
  • Survey for UA students minoring in History