Lesley Gordon

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson Speaks to Writing Workshop

This past February, historian and author Dr. Megan Kate Nelson visited The University of Alabama Department of History virtually, zooming in from her home in Boston to conduct a writing workshop entitled “Writing for Academic and Public Audiences.” In a wide-ranging presentation, Dr. Nelson shared the story of her shift from academic to popular publishing, […]

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Voices of the Enslaved Wins 2022 Summersell Deep South Book 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 Sixth Biennial Summersell Deep South Book Prize for the best book on the history of the American South: Voices of the Enslaved: […]

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Department Hosts Inaugural Session of “Southern Conversations.”

On the evening of April 11, history students and history professors gathered for the inaugural session of Southern Conversations, a series of informal discussions between history students and faculty about southern history. The first Conversation’s theme, “Gender Matters,” covered the past, present, and future of gender analysis in southern scholarship. Everyone started with a delicious […]

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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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Dr. Megan Kate Nelson to Host Workshop

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson, writer and historian, will give a virtual graduate workshop on February 17, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 251 ten Hoor Hall. Dr. Nelson is the author of The Three-Cornered War (Scribner, 2020) and the forthcoming Saving Yellowstone (Scribner, 2022). Her workshop will focus on the best structure for a dissertation or […]

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2021 Summersell 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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Gordon & Brock to Participate in Roundtable on 19th Century Governor’s Papers

On Friday, October 30, Drs. Lesley Gordon and Julia Brock will join scholars from the Filson Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, the University of Southern Mississippi, and George Mason University to discuss the treasure-trove found in nineteenth-century governor’s papers. The Roundtable will explore their efforts to digitize records from this era. The free webinar […]

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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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Dr. Catherine Clinton to Discuss Mental Illness During & After the Civil War

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 12:00 pm, Dr. Catherine Clinton, Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will discuss her past and present academic work, including her new project on Union soldiers and mental illness during and after the Civil War. Previously, Dr. Clinton has served as President […]

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Noted Civil War Historian Dr. Victoria Bynum to Host Screening of The Free State of Jones

Noted Civil War historian Dr. Victoria Bynum will host a screening of the 2016 film, The Free State of Jones, staring Matthew McConaughey, which was based upon her 2001 work, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, with a discussion of the film and the real-life events to follow. The screening will take place […]

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Department Attends SHA Convention, Holds Reception Honoring George Rable.

  The Department of History hosted a reception honoring Dr. George C. Rable at the 2017 Southern Historical Association Convention in Dallas, Texas. Rable, the longtime Summersell Chair of Southern History in the department, retired last year. Colleagues, former graduate students, and friends gathered to congratulate Rable on his well-deserved retirement. At the reception, Megan […]

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Dr. Lesley Gordon Featured on Who Do You Think You Are?

Dr. Lesley Gordon was featured recently on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, with actor Noah Wyle. Dr. Gordon helped Wyle learn more about his southern roots, including an ancestor, John Henry Mills, who fought at the Battle of Shiloh. Congratulations, Dr. Gordon, on making history come alive! […]

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