Category: Newsletter


Crimson Historical Review Continues to Grow

This past year, staff at the Crimson Historical Review transformed sixty-plus submissions into their most enterprising set of issues to date. In the spring, exceptional authors from across the US combined with CHR review board and copy editors to produce, then perfect, articles examining topics as broad as alcohol consumption in Nazi-occupied areas to masculinity in the Black Panther Party. They also marked important firsts for the CHR, centering novel inquiry on The University of Alabama’s relationship with race — […]

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Peer Mentors Continue to Serve their Fellow students

The History Peer Mentoring Program at The University of Alabama was first introduced in 2011. During the past decade the Department has recruited hundreds of peer mentors, who in turn have helped thousands of students maximize their performance in the Department’s courses by tutoring their fellow students, helping to develop their study skills; improve their test-taking strategies; and promote active reading. Though the program was initially intended for students enrolled in introductory survey courses, it is now offered for all […]

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The Summersell Center for the Study of the South Continues to Explore Hidden histories

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South has continued the research of hidden Southern history with its two new classes in the fall semester. “Race and Injustice in the Modern South” explores crime, punishment, and race in the American South from enslavement through the rise of mass incarceration in the 21st century, with special attention paid to understanding the impact of these themes on a local level. In “Queer History South,” students explore the lives and […]

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Department Continues Internship Program with White House Historical Association

The department is continuing its partnership with the White House Historical Association (WHHA) on an annual internship for UA history majors. The internship program was started by WHHA president and UA alumnus Stewart McLaurin (BA, 1981) as way of giving back to his alma mater. Though Malcolm Cammeron (MA, 2019) was the first WHHA intern from UA, Jessica Brodt holds the distinction of being the first official intern from the program. Most recently, doctoral student Kristofer Roberts was selected for […]

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Graduate History Association Modifies Power & Struggle Conference

The GHA looks forward to a second paper contest. Last year’s contest, held in lieu of a face-to-face event, received 25 submissions from the US and abroad. Winners were selected in four categories: Overall Paper, Paper in Southern History, Paper in Power & Struggle (conference theme), and Paper by a Phi Alpha Theta member. This year’s contest seeks to continue that success, keeping Power & Struggle on student radars. The GHA hopes that the international interest continues when they resume […]

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Blake Scott Ball (PhD, 2017) Publishes Charlie Brown’s America

Department of History PhD alumnus Blake Scott Ball has crafted an exceptional narrative of Cold War-era America through an unlikely subject: Charlie Brown. In Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts, Dr. Ball looks into the emotional journey taken by the Peanuts comic from the Cold War to the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Ball finds that Peanuts was very political. Whether it was the battles over the Vietnam War, racial integration, feminism, or the future of […]

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Faculty Updates

Margaret Abruzzo is writing a book about changing conceptions of sin and wrongdoing—and what it meant to be a “good person”—in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American moral thought. John Beeler spent academic year 2020-21 working on two of several book projects currently in hand, chiefly a social and cultural study of the Scots professional and gentry classes in the nineteenth century focused on Euphemia (“Effie”) Milne and her husband Alexander. Julia Brock has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts […]

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Dr. Sharony Green Awarded Newberry Fellowship to Study Zora Neale Hurston

Complicated power exchanges have been a focal point of interest to Dr. Sharony Green for quite some time. After researching this topic with antebellum white and African Americans as well as people of African descent on the Florida peninsula since the colonial era in mind, Dr. Green has focused on Alabama native, author, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston in Honduras. Recent headlines about the migrant crisis at the southern border prompted this move. Down on her luck in the late […]

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Faculty Publications

Joshua D. Rothman, The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (Basic Books, 2021) For the past seven years Dr. Joshua D. Rothman, chair of the Department of History, combed archives across the country, working to craft an illuminating narrative of Isaac Franklin, John Armfield, and Rice Ballard, three business partners who ran the largest slave-trading operation in US history. Rothman’s The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America (Basic Books, 2021) debunks the […]

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Dr. Jenny Shaw Wins William & Mary Quarterly’s Lester J. Cappon Award

Associate Professor Jenny Shaw has been named the winner of the 2020 Lester J. Cappon Award, which is given annually to the author of the best article published in the William & Mary Quarterly. Shaw’s award was in recognition of her April 2020 WMQ article, “‘In the Name of the Mother’: The Story of Susannah Mingo, A Woman of Color in the Early English Atlantic.” The article explores the life and times of an enslaved laborer on the island of […]

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Dr. Julia Brock Awarded NEA Grant

Dr. Julia Brock seeks to tell stories of the past in a new way in order to bring history to a broader audience. Through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Our Town Program,” Dr. Brock will explore Tuscaloosa history in new and exciting ways. The Our Town Program is a national creative placemaking grant program that supports projects combining art and culture to strengthen communities and advance social outcomes. The program functions to strengthen not only […]

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Dr. Teresa Cribelli Organizes “Dangerous Landscapes” Exhibit

In September 2021, the History Department’s Dr. Teresa Cribelli worked with Allison Grant from the Department of Art and Art History to present a new photographic exhibition, entitled “Dangerous Landscapes.” Dr. Cribelli’s contributions offer a meditation on modern industry and nature. The exhibit juxtaposed 19th century views of industrialization and progress with present-day industrial sites in West Alabama, where toxic pollution and climate change pose increasingly dangerous environmental threats. In this way viewers were invited to contemplate the history of […]

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Dr. Lawrence Cappello wins awards for teaching and advising

Congratulations to Dr. Lawrence Cappello, who garnered two major awards in 2021. He has won both the 2021 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award and the 2021 John L. Blackburn Advisor of the Year Award. Dr. Cappello joined the faculty in 2018 as a specialist in legal history. His research focuses on the history of privacy and he teaches courses in American civilization, American legal history, constitutional law, and privacy law. He is also the director of the department’s Legal History […]

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Supporting the Department

The extent and quality of the activities sponsored by the Department of History depends in large measure on our available funds and the generous support of donors. Endowments or significant targeted donations will enable us to increase our national visibility, expand our production of nationally-recognized scholarship, and to grow History programming and events. Naming opportunities are possible in conjunction with such gifts. For more information about any of the opportunities to support The University of Alabama Department of History, please […]

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