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Why the Debate Over Building Names Matters

Associate Professors Dr. John Giggie and Dr. James Mixson co-authored an opinion piece for al.com that explores the significance of building names, the legacies those names carry, and what they say about our often flawed understanding of the past. “When W.E.B. Dubois, the great Black intellectual and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement […]

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UA Professor and Graduates Publish Volume Honoring Emeritus History Professor George C. Rable

Louisiana State University Press recently published American Discord: The Republic and Its People during the Civil War Era, an edited volume honoring the career of UA emeritus history professor George C. Rable. Edited by UA history professor Dr. Lesley J. Gordon and UA history alumni Drs. Megan Bever and Laura Mammina, the collection features essays […]

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Rable Protégés Discuss the “Rable Method.”

Glenn David Brasher and G. Ward Hubbs, both noted protégés of Professor George Rable, recently published a piece on the “Rable Method” for the Civil War Monitor. Few scholars have produced as many groundbreaking works as Civil War historian George C. Rable. Since his retirement from teaching in 2016, a group of his former doctoral […]

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Department Endorses AHA Statement on George Floyd’s Death & its Place in the Nation’s Violent History

The Department of History at the University of Alabama endorses the below statement from the American Historical Association on the killing of George Floyd and his death’s place in the violent history of the United States. The AHA has issued a statement urging a reckoning with the United States’ deplorable record of violence against African […]

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Summersell Chair Sponsors two Visits in February

Dr. Lesley Gordon, Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History, welcomed two visitors to The University of Alabama Department of History during the month of February. Matthew Christopher Hulbert (Ph.D., UGA, 2015) is an Assistant Professor of History at Hampden-Sydney College. Dr. Hulbert delivered his lecture “Irregular Recollections: Civil War and Guerrilla Memory in the […]

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Department Moves all Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

The department has joined the rest of The University of Alabama (and most of the nation) in moving all instruction online in response to ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. In early March, university administration informed faculty and staff to prepare for alternative instruction methods if necessary and ordered a review of our academic continuity plans. The department […]

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In Memoriam: Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins, 1934-2020

Dr. Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins, the Department of History’s pioneering first female professor, passed away at her Tuscaloosa home on Easter Sunday. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at a later date, once social distancing restrictions are lifted. A private burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Wiggins […]

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Spring 2020 Edition of Historically Speaking Published Electronically

Last week the Department of History published its Spring 2020 edition of Historically Speaking completely electronically. Though we’ve always made an electronic edition available online, we’ve focused our spring efforts on a print edition for Honor’s Day, traditionally. The ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency forced us to change those plans, like it has so much else […]

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Graduate Students Help Catalog Materials at the Lillian E. Smith Center

During the past weekend, History M.A. students Emma Pepperman and Margaret Schultz joined Dr. Julia Brock at the Lillian E. Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, to create a catalog of the material culture that is housed within the Center. The site was the former Laurel Falls Girls Camp, begun by the family of writer and […]

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Dr. Kristopher Teters to Speak on “An Army of Liberation: How Western Union Officers Carried out and Felt about Emancipation during the Civil War”

Please join us on February 27, at Noon, to welcome Dr. Kristopher Teters for his lunch talk, “An Army of Liberation: How Western Union Officers Carried out and Felt about Emancipation during the Civil War.” Dr. Kristopher Teters earned his Ph.D. in 2012 at The University of Alabama, working with Dr. George Rable. The focus […]

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Matthew Hulbert Visits Department

Dr. Matthew Hulbert, assistant professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College, visited the department on Friday, February 7, to discuss his book, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (UGA 2016). Hulbert’s wide-ranging talk covered noted American characters of the period, from Billy the Kid to Jesse James, but […]

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Undergraduate Historical Society Hosts Dr. Steven Bunker

On Wednesday, February 12, the Undergraduate Historical Society hosted a talk with Dr. Steven Bunker about his HY 378 course, “Drugs, Booze, and Mexico.” Bunker compared U.S. and Mexican notions about drugs and alcohol, noting that the U.S. was the first to put marijuana on the list of controlled substances in 1925. He explained that […]

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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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Andrew Huebner’s Love and Death in the Great War wins SHGAPE President’s Prize

Professor Andrew Huebner‘s Love and Death in the Great War (Oxford UP, 2018) has been awarded the 2020 President’s Prize by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The Presidents’ Book Prize is awarded in even-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period […]

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