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Dr. David Thomson to Discuss How Treasury Officials Financed the Union War Effort

ATTENTION — The University of Alabama will suspend operations at 12:30 PM CST today as a result of impending severe weather. Dr. Thomson’s address will be moved to Friday, February 17, at Noon, in the Summersell Room. Dr. David Thomson, associate professor of history and chair of the department of history at Sacred Heart University, will present a talk based on his book, Bonds of War: How Civil War Financial Agents Sold the World on the Union, on Thursday, February […]

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Summersell Center Now Accepting Short-Term Research Fellowship Applications

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the manuscript collections housed at The University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $750 each for the 2023-2024 academic year. Eligible researchers will have projects that entail work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the A.S. Williams III Americana […]

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Summersell Center Accepting Deep South Book Prize Nominations

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 pleased to announce that they are receiving nominations for the 2024 Summersell Deep South Book Prize for the best book on the history of the American South. The author of the prizewinning book will be awarded a cash prize and be invited to give an address and meet with faculty and students at The […]

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Department to Host Visit by Fulbright Scholar

The History Department, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Capstone International Center are pleased to welcome to campus Professor Iulian M. Damian, a scholar of European history and culture who is currently in the United States as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. Professor Damian will present a public research presentation entitled “A ‘Hot Corner’ of 15th Century Europe: Fascination, Defense, and Resilience along the Ottoman Frontier” at 2 PM on November 15 in the Summersell Room (251) in ten […]

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Dr. Margaret Peacock Wins Outstanding Commitment to Advising Award

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Margaret Peacock was recognized by The University of Alabama Academic Advisors Association (UA-AAA) as the recipient of the 2021-2022 Outstanding Commitment to Advising Award at last week’s Fall Campus Assembly. The Outstanding Commitment to Advising Award recognizes the importance of academic advising at The University of Alabama by celebrating outstanding academic advisors. The association’s executive board and nomination committee announced her as winner of the award on October 26. In addition to her […]

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Alumna Returns to Discuss Book That Began as Undergraduate Research Seminar Project

Dr. Isabela Morales (UA Class of 2012) returned to campus on September 29th and 30th to talk about her first book, Happy Dreams of Liberty: An American Family in Slavery and Freedom (New York: OUP, 2022). Speaking to a group of fifty undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, Dr. Morales explained how her research began in Dr. Jenny Shaw’s American Slavery Research Seminar (now HY497) during the Fall 2011 semester. The subject of that seminar was “Slavery in the Americas” and […]

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Professor Bart Elmore to Speak About Seed Money

UPDATE October 6 — This event has been postponed until the spring. Please join the Department of History as we welcome Professor Bart Elmore, who will be speaking about his recent book, Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future.  For the better part of a decade, environmental historian Bart Elmore investigated the history of Monsanto, the chemical firm turned agricultural giant that became the largest seller of genetically engineered seeds in the world. Now owned by Bayer after a […]

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Rethinking Alabama Politics from the Civil War to the Present: A History Symposium

Join the Department of History on Monday, October 3, 2022 for Rethinking Alabama Politics from the Civil War to the Present: A History Symposium. This event brings together today’s leading historians on Alabama history for a reappraisal of post-Civil-War era Alabama history. Lunch will be served for graduate students and panelists. Students should contact Brian Martin to RSVP. Camelia Room, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama Monday, October 3, 2022 9 am – 5 pm Refreshments Available   […]

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Department Alumna Returns for Book Talk

Dr. Isabela Morales began her career as a historian as an undergraduate in The University of Alabama’s History Department (BA, 2012). During a visit to Hoole Special Collections Library as part of her Capstone Undergraduate Research class, she encountered a set of attorney papers from the nineteenth century. Those papers revealed that prominent Huntsville enslaver and cotton planter Samuel Townsend died in 1856, leaving behind a vast estate worth around $200,000 (equivalent to nearly $7 million today). Townsend left most […]

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Rothman Named Finalist for 2022 Harriet Tubman Prize

Dr. Joshua Rothman, professor and chair of the Department of History, has been named a finalist for the 2022 Harriet Tubman Prize for his his The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (Basic Books, 2021). The Ledger and the Chain debunks the notion that slave traders were social pariahs and outcasts, proving instead that they moved among the social and financial elite of both North and South. Rothman shows how Isaac Franklin, John Armfield, and Rice Ballard […]

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Graduate Students Visit Pickensville Rosenwald School Museum

Dr. Julia Brock and graduate students rounded out the semester with a trip to Pickensville Rosenwald School Museum. Museum Board members, who are also alumni from Pickens County Rosenwald schools, gave a presentation on their work restoring the school (the only Rosenwald school left standing in the county) and collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Ransom of the University of Michigan on the creation of the museum. Board members toured the museum with the students, telling their experiences in the schools and […]

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Voices of the Enslaved Wins 2022 Summersell Deep South Book 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 Sixth Biennial Summersell Deep South Book Prize for the best book on the history of the American South: Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (UNC, 2019) by Sophie White, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Voices of the […]

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MA Student Daniel Leon’s Op-Ed Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Daniel Leon, an MA student studying US and British relations during the American Civil War, published an op-ed piece with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently. Leon argues that the economic and political lessons learned from the South’s exit from the world cotton market, as well as the inherent dangers of both an economy based primarily on a single product and of nations whose dependence on that product seeks to dictate its foreign policy, are relevant to world’s current response to […]

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Department Hosts Inaugural Session of “Southern Conversations.”

On the evening of April 11, history students and history professors gathered for the inaugural session of Southern Conversations, a series of informal discussions between history students and faculty about southern history. The first Conversation’s theme, “Gender Matters,” covered the past, present, and future of gender analysis in southern scholarship. Everyone started with a delicious meal from Dreamland BBQ. Then, Dr. Lesley Gordon, Dr. John Giggie, and Dr. Julia Brock each gave a short introduction of how gender analysis and […]

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