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Caroline Grego’s Hurricane Jim Crow Wins Deep South Book Prize

Black women sorting foodstuffs following the Sea Island Hurricane of 1893

Winner Caroline Grego, Hurricane Jim Crow: How the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893 Shaped the Lowcountry South, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2022. Hurricane Jim Crow is an intense and heart-rending account of the destruction, aftermath, and lasting legacies of the 1893 Sea Islands Hurricane. In the devastation of the storm, White southerners sought to take advantage of the ravaged and independent Black sea islanders to consolidate White supremacist policy and erase Black contributions. Caroline Grego […]

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Summersell Center Announces 2024-25 Short-Term Fellowship Winners

Archive boxes stacked on shelves.

The Summersell Center and the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library of the University of Alabama are pleased to announce the five recipients of short-term travel fellowships for 2024-2025. The winners, Emily Ruth Allen; Dr. W. Neal Holmes; Beth Hunter; Dante Whittaker, Jr.; and Monique Wimby, will travel to the Hoole Library during the course of the next year and use its holdings as part of a book project or a dissertation. Read further for more details on each scholar […]

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History Well Represented at Phi Beta Kappa Induction

History major J.P. Sollohub with Dr. James Mixson

On Friday, April 5, the Alpha of Alabama chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was pleased to induct 100 new members as a part of its 2024 cohort, among them 19 History students—15 majors and 4 minors. UA History alumna and Phi Beta Kappa member Martha Griffith, Director of Special Projects for University President Dr. Stuart Bell, introduced the inductees to the storied history, symbolism, and ceremony of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as the long history of Alabama’s own chapter, established in 1851. Dean Joseph Messina of the College […]

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UA Hosts 16th Annual Southeastern German Studies Conference

German tri-colored flag.

On February 22-23, The University of Alabama and the Department of History hosted the 16th Annual Southeastern German Studies Conference. The event, held in cooperation with UAB and UAH, brought together scholars and students in all disciplines who share interest in the language, literature, history, and culture of the German-speaking lands. Attendees hailed not only from the Southeast but from Georgetown, Stanford, and Illinois in the US, and Mexico and the United Kingdom internationally. The workshop focused on three large […]

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Students and Faculty Tour Shiloh National Military Park

On March 1, 2024, Dr. Lesley J. Gordon, along with fellow Civil War historians Dr. Susannah Ural and Dr. Timothy B. Smith, coordinated a staff ride to Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. UA history undergraduate and graduate students, along with UA and Mississippi State Army ROTC cadets, officers, and MSU graduate students, toured the battlefield to learn about Civil War tactics, command, and enduring lessons of leadership. Staff rides and battlefield tours help students and cadets understand key concepts […]

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Undergraduate Historical Society Holds Fourth Annual Conference

Male and female student attendees sitting on a couch in the Summersell Room of ten Hoor hall.

Student research opens new doors for exploration and understanding, with fascinating results. On Saturday, April 15, nearly twenty of our students presented their original research at the Fourth Annual Capstone Conference of the Undergraduate Historical Society. From papers on the Cold War to the early American presidency to the language patterns of the Philippines, the work offered new insight into our world. Two excellent panels, one from the Summersell Center and one from departmental research assistants, explored what it means […]

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History Majors Figure Prominently in Phi Beta Kappa Inductions

professor James Mixson with history major Frances Seabrook

On Friday, April 14, the Alpha of Alabama chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was pleased to induct 76 new members as a part of its 2023 cohort, among them 13 History majors and four History minors. Dean Joseph Messina of the College of Arts and Sciences was also inducted as an honorary member, and have a brief address to the students. UA History alumna Martha Griffith, currently Director of Special Projects for University President Stuart Bell, introduced the inductees to […]

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Department of History Celebrates Honors Day

a sign posted near the mound on the UA quad, announcing an honors day event

The Department of History recognized our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, April 7, 2023 at ten Hoor Hall. Friends and family joined to show their support for their students, and the event showed the strong community formed within the department, as well as the exemplary accomplishments and dedication from our students. The following awards and recognitions were bestowed by the department and university. The Frank Lawrence Owsley Memorial Scholarship Established in 1960 by friends, colleagues, and students of […]

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Violent History: A Southern Conversation

“Southern Conversations” offers an opportunity for students and professors to discuss broad questions and themes in U.S. Southern History. This semester’s conversation will focus on the topic of violence and how it has informed the historical scholarship and historians of the South. Drs. Lesley Gordon, John Giggie, and Joshua Rothman will serve as faculty participants. All are welcome to attend. This semester’s conversation will take place in the Summersell Room (room 251), ten Hoor Hall, at 5:30 PM, on April […]

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Dr. Gordon’s Civil War Class Tours Vicksburg NMP

On Friday March 3rd, Dr. Lesley Gordon’s Civil War class and UA graduate students visited Vicksburg National Military Park alongside Dr. Susannah Ural of the University of Southern Mississippi, USM graduate students, and UA and USM ROTC Cadets. During the tour, students heard presentations from Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ural as well as graduate students and NPS rangers. Students were able to engage firsthand with the history of the battlefield, the experiences of soldiers in a Civil War campaign, and […]

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603 Entertains at First Tuscaloosa Alumni Happy Hour

Get back, Paul McCartney: there’s a new band in town! On March 1, the Department of History held its first (but not last) Alumni Happy Hour. Alums from across generations took over the back patio at Loosa Brews to see old friends and make new ones—all while enjoying the fabulous music of the department’s new band, 603. Led by Dr. Jimmy Mixson on keyboard, and named after his legendary graduate reading seminar, 603 pulled together the musical talents of Dr. […]

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Professor Gert Melville Returns to Speak on March 21

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday March 21 in the Camellia Room of Gorgas Library, Professor Gert Melville, Senior Professor of History at the Dresden University, will deliver a lecture entitled “Desire and Perseverance. Observations on the Anthropology of Monks and Nuns in the Middle Ages.”   The talk is open to the public. Professor Melville has taught at Dresden since 1994 and is the author of more than four decades’ worth of scholarship on religious life, religious orders, and the broader religious and cultural […]

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Grad Students Participate in Night at the Museum Event

Saturday, March 4, 2023, was the 12th annual Family Night at the Museum community event hosted by The University of Alabama Graduate School and the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Each academic department sent graduate students to host interactive stations catering to young people from the Tuscaloosa area. The Department of History was able to send six volunteers: Brianna Meyer, Brian Martin, Genesis Ranel, Filipe Robles, Joey Dykes, and Milum Richardson. This year’s theme, “Around the World,” provided a great opportunity to get […]

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