Department Sponsors Symposium on Alabama Politics

Graphic showing Alabama political leaders superimposed over a map of the state.On October 3, 2022, the Department sponsored “Rethinking Alabama Politics from the Civil War to the Present.”

Over 100 students, faculty, and community members attended the day-long symposium that brought together today’s leading historians on Alabama history for a reappraisal of post-Civil-War era Alabama history through the lenses of diverse elements such as interracial relationships, immigration, Lost Cause mythology, and organized protest.

Participants included Auburn University’s Dr. Jennifer Brooks and Dr. Steven Brown; Auburn University at Montgomery’s Dr. Ben Severance; Alabama State University’s Dr. Bertis English and Dr. Derryn Moten; Troy University’s Dr. Kathryn Tucker; the University of North Georgia’s William Warren Rogers, Jr.; and The University of Alabama’s own Dr. John Giggie and Dr. Kari Frederickson.

Panels were organized chronologically and included discussions of Civil War and Reconstruction; the New South Era to World War II; and the Civil Rights era to present.

A reception at the Gorgas House for participants, faculty, and graduate students followed thereafter.
Professors John Giggie, Kari Frederickson, and Lesley Gordon organized the symposium.

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