Lesley J. Gordon

Dr. Gordon & Students From HY 315-The Civil War Visit Vicksburg

Joshua Keil, a PhD student of Dr. Lesley Gordon, joined his mentor’s HY 315 – The Civil War course on an excursion to the Vicksburg National Military Park, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His travel log below recounts their shared experiences. “The Key to the Past” Joshua Keil In the fall of 2019, undergraduates from Dr. Lesley Gordon’s […]

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Dr. John David Smith to Speak Sept. 17

Join us to hear Dr. John David Smith’s lecture “The Making and Meaning of Dear Delia: The Civil War Letters of Captain Henry F. Young, Seventh Wisconsin Infantry.” Henry Young, an officer in the famed Iron Brigade, wrote 155 letters home during the Civil War, offering insights and details of military service that enable readers […]

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Dept Holds Race, Gender, & War: A Symposium on Military Service in 19th & 20th Century America

Historians from around the country gathered on Friday, March 22, to explore the intersection of race, gender, and war in a one-day symposium on military service in 19th & 20th-Century America. With more than sixty registered attendees, presenters discussed the role and place of African Americans and women in the American military experience during the […]

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Doctoral Student Ashley Odebiyi Wins Medieval Essay Contest

Ashley Odebiyi, second year Ph.D. student, recently placed an article with an upcoming volume of the online peer-reviewed Medieval Feminist Forum published through the University of Iowa. Odebiyi studies medieval women’s spirituality, especially semi-religious women, who did not take traditional religious vows yet practiced a spiritual way of life, such as adherence to apostolic poverty. […]

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Race and Gender Explorations: A Symposium on War and Military Service in 19th & 20th Century America

Mark your calendars for a one-day symposium hosted by Dr. Andrew Huebner, Dr. Lesley J. Gordon, and Dr. Holly Pinhiero on Friday, March 22, 2019. The symposium is entitled “Race and Gender Explorations: A Symposium on War and Military Service in 19th & 20th Century America,” and will explore the overlapping history of American military […]

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Jeffrey McClurken: Digital Humanities & Southern History

Please join us for an evening with Dr. Jeffrey McClurken on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 5:00 PM in ten Hoor 251. Dr. McClurken is Professor of History and American Studies and Chief of Staff to the President at the University of Mary Washington, and he will be speaking about the impact of Digital Humanities on Southern History over […]

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Mercer Professor Sarah Gardner to Speak on Southern Literary Reviewers, January 28

Please join us for an evening with Dr. Sarah Gardner, Professor of History at Mercer University, on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 5:00-6:30 PM in Gorgas 205. In her talk, entitled “The World the Reviewers Made,” Dr. Gardner will be speaking about her most recent book, Reviewing the South: The Literary Marketplace and the Southern […]

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Lesley Gordon Appears on C-SPAN to Discuss George Pickett

Professor Lesley Gordon, the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History, spoke at Pamplin Historical Park, in Petersburg, Virginia, several months ago. She discussed Confederate General George Pickett and his third wife, LaSalle Corbell Pickett, whose extensive writing about her late husband shaped his historical legacy in significant ways. Gordon is the author of George E. Pickett […]

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Department Hosts Friends & Alumni at SHA-Birmingham

The Department of History was happy to host a Department Friends & Alumni Meet-Up for all attendees at the 2019 Southern Historical Association Conference in Birmingham this November. Current professors and graduate students were able to mingle with alumni, former and emeritus faculty, and other friends of the department. The event was sponsored by the the Summersell Chair […]

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Amy Murrell Taylor Visits Campus

The History Department was pleased to host Amy Murrell Taylor in November to give a talk on her new book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps. In her book, Taylor discusses the meaning wrapped up in the physical design and structure of the camps where former enslaved persons fleeing the Confederacy […]

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Students and Faculty Attend BrANCH Conference in Cambridge, England

The British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH) held its annual conference at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, October 5-7, 2018. Professors and graduate students interested in all aspects of U.S. History from the period gathered together at Madingley Hall for a weekend of panels, lectures and lively conversations, showcasing the latest research on Nineteenth Century United […]

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US Army Chief of Military History & Chair of War Studies Department at USMC Command Staff College Visit Department

On March 29, The University of Alabama Department of History hosted a pair of events lead by two military historians. Executive Director of the US Army Center of Military History and Chief of History, Charles R. Bowery, Jr., and Professor of Military History and Department Head of the War Studies Department at the Marine Corps […]

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Dr. Victoria Bynum Visits UA

The History Department was honored to host noted Civil War historian, Dr. Victoria Bynum, for a pair of departmental events this March. The Department hosted a screening of the 2016 film The Free State of Jones, based on her 2001 work The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War. Following the screening was a […]

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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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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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