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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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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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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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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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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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Dreams of Dominion Conference to Highlight to Highlight Connections Between the 19th Century U.S. South and Latin America

A daylong conference highlighting the transnational connections between the 19th century U.S. South and Latin America will be held in the Hotel Capstone Ballroom at The University of Alabama on March 27, 2017 . Historians Martha Santos (the University of Akron), Roberto Saba (the University of Pennsylvania), Angela Diaz (Texas Tech University) and David C. […]

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Department Celebrates George Rable’s Career

The History Department came together yesterday to celebrate the career of Dr. George C. Rable, who retired as the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History last year. Dr. Kari Frederickson introduced the speakers, and moderated the symposium. Speakers included Dr. T. Michael Parrish, the Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History at Baylor University, […]

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The Department of History is Pleased to Welcome Dr. Lesley J. Gordon, the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History, to the department.

Dr. Lesley J. Gordon is the new Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at The University of Alabama, filling the position once held by Dr. George C. Rable, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Dr. Gordon is from Connecticut, originally, but has spent thirteen years in the South; she attended […]

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