Category: News


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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Department of History Celebrates Honors Day

The Department of History recognized our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, April 8, 2022 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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Dr. Lesley Gordon & Students Visit Vicksburg Battlefield

Dr. Lesley Gordon took her Civil War class (HY 315) and UA History grad students on a tour of Vicksburg National Military Park this past March. They were joined by Dr. Susannah Ural and some of her students from the University of Southern Mississippi as well as UA and Southern Mississippi ROTC members. Park rangers and graduate students, such as UA History PhD students Brian Martin and Trace Brusco, co-led the tour. Undergraduate students also presented about the battle at […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Howard Jones, 1939-2022

Dr. Howard Jones, who was a Distinguished Research Professor at the University and a member of the Department of History for thirty-five years, passed away early in March after an illness. His accomplishments and his legacy are vast. Dr. Jones was a specialist in American diplomatic history and the history of American foreign policy. He was the author of at least eight books and the editor of nearly half a dozen more, on subjects ranging from the 1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty […]

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Dr. Lawrence Cappello Interviewed About Mobile’s Proposed Surveillance System

Assistant Professor Lawrence Cappello, a specialist in U.S. Legal & Constitutional History and director of the department’s Legal History Concentration, was interviewed recently by al.com about the city of Mobile’s latest initiative to combat crime: the ShotSpotter system, which uses audio detection equipment to pinpoint the origin(s) of gunshots within the city. The city’s decision to contract with Alabama Power to add surveillance cameras to the system has sparked concerns about how the system might affect the public’s right to […]

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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 $500 each for the 2022-2023 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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Senior Tejas Dinesh Wins Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Senior Tejas Dinesh is a recipient of the 2022 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, one of UA’s Premier Awards. The Ohio native is a double major in History and Environmental Engineering. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recognizes two graduating seniors and one non-student award winner for their character excellence and service to humanity. As a part of the University Fellows Experience, Dinesh has served the West Alabama region through “Project Catalyst,” which provides creative writing seminars for area high school students. […]

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Empty Columns are a Place to Dream: Monuments as Community at the Intersection of Art and History

A lecture by Ric Kadour, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts Curatorial Fellow Monuments are ubiquitous in the landscape. Common and omnipresent, they blend into the background and go unnoticed until someone points them out. In recent years, monuments have become flashpoints of cultural controversy across the globe. Debates about monuments in the U.S. have focused on whether Confederate statues should stay or be removed. While this is an important debate, this talk invites a different conversation: What role do […]

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Drs. Erik Peterson and Margaret Peacock to Share Findings from “A Deeper Sickness,” Feb. 24

The Office of Politics, Communication and Media at The University of Alabama (OPCaM) will host a for “Politics Broadly: Disease and Disinformation,” with Drs. Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson on Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 4 – 5:30 PM CST in 118 Lucy Hall. The event is free, but registration is required. There will be a livestream available for those unable to attend in person (register to receive the link). The global COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the midst of a […]

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Dr. Megan Kate Nelson to Host Workshop

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson, writer and historian, will give a virtual graduate workshop on February 17, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 251 ten Hoor Hall. Dr. Nelson is the author of The Three-Cornered War (Scribner, 2020) and the forthcoming Saving Yellowstone (Scribner, 2022). Her workshop will focus on the best structure for a dissertation or trade history book, how to pitch and write an op-ed, and how to create a writing practice. Dr. Nelson will address questions from graduate students […]

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