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Giggie & Stovall Partner with Local Churches to Create Civil Rights Guide to State’s AMEZ Churches

Dr. John Giggie and Ms. Liz Stovall, a Ph.D student focusing on Black migration in the antebellum US, have joined with Rev. Thaddeus Steele, Pastor of Hunter Chapel AMEZ Church in Tuscaloosa, to complete a civil rights guide of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churches in Alabama. They will work with members from individual congregations to […]

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History of Us Curriculum Looks to Expand into Other Alabama Schools

  History of Us, the ground-breaking, student-centered Black History course developed by the Frances J. Summersell Center of the Study of the South, in conjunction with Tuscaloosa’s Central High School, is being taught again this year. The success of the program has attracted attention from across the state, where other school systems are seeking to […]

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Department Laments Loss of Professor Hugh Ragsdale

The Department of History laments the loss of Professor Hugh Ragsdale, who passed away on November 7 at the age of 82. Professor Ragsdale was born in 1938 in North Carolina, received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1964, and taught at The University of Alabama from 1964 to 1996. A specialist in […]

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Fall Edition of Historically Speaking Available Now

The Fall 2020 edition of Historically Speaking, the Department of History’s biannual newsletter, is hot off the presses! In this semester’s issue, readers will find stories on: New Degree Concentrations Faculty Research on Current Topics Faculty Retirements New and Award-Winning Publications Student Matriculations We hope you enjoy being kept up-to-date on the department’s progress and […]

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Dr. Juan Ponce-Vázquez Publishes Islanders and Empire

Thursday, October 29 marks the publication launch of Dr. Juan José Ponce-Vázquez’s new book, Islanders and Empire: Smuggling and Political Defiance in Hispaniola, 1580–1690, from Cambridge University Press. Ponce-Vázquez’s study examines the complex role that smuggling played in the life of the Spanish Caribbean. With a rare focus on local peoples and communities, Islanders and Empire […]

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Dr. John Giggie to Join Others on Panel Discussion: What Would John Lewis Do?

On Monday, October 26 at 6 PM, Dr. John Giggie will join faculty from American Studies, Journalism, and Political Science to discuss the evolution of voting in America; how the electoral college works; and the role of media in covering elections. The panel will take questions from the audience, via Zoom. The event is free, […]

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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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Dr. Lesley Gordon Featured in Podcast on Presidency of Andrew Johnson

Dr. Lesley Gordon, the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History, appeared recently in episode two of the SMU Center for Presidential History’s The Past, The Promise, The Presidency, Season One: Race and the American Legacy! podcast, along with presidential historian Jon Meacham. Andrew Johnson was the lone southern senator to remain loyal to the […]

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Dr. John Giggie to Address National Conference on Citizenship

Dr. John Giggie will address the National Conference on Citizenship‘s Learn, Ask, & Share Circle this Wednesday, October 14, at 1 pm CDT. Giggie will discuss his work designing and teaching History of Us, the first Black History course taught in an Alabama public school.  Joining him will be Ms. Margaret Lawson, education/history graduate student […]

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Dr. John Giggie Featured in Podcast about Race and Justice

Over the past several weeks, Dr. John Giggie has been quoted or featured in a number of news story run by Alabama Public Radio, National Public Radio, USA Today, and  CNN. Most recently he was featured in a podcast titled “Broken Justice,” about lynching and the roots of mass incarceration. […]

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Department Adds New Degree Concentrations

The Department of History is pleased to announce a new advanced concentration in Legal History — specifically designed to give undergraduates a competitive edge when applying to elite law schools and/or policy oriented graduate programs. Participating students will acquire first-hand legal research experience while exploring key precedents and the evolution of jurisprudence over time. Students […]

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Crimson Historical Review Now Accepting Submissions

The Crimson Historical Review, the University of Alabama’s nationally acclaimed undergraduate history research journal, is accepting submissions for the Fall, 2020 issue. See http://crimsonhistorical.ua.edu for previous issues and instructions on submission. History Majors and Minors interested in working on the CHR staff should contact Jackson Foster, the Chief Editor, at jcfoster6@crimson.ua.edu. […]

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Dr. John Giggie to Participate in David Mathews Center’s Civic Institute, August 21

The Mathews Center will host its annual Civic Institute on August 21st, 2020. The event will be held entirely online. The theme of this year’s event is Common Bonds: Collective Purpose and Civic Resilience in Uncertain Times. Dr. David Mathews, President and C.E.O. of the Kettering Foundation, will deliver a (pre-recorded) keynote address drawing on his experiences at […]

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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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