On April 2, 2022, the Undergraduate Historical Society hosted its third annual Capstone Research Symposium. The conference, organized and led exclusively by our department’s undergraduate researchers and leaders, featured a full day of research presentations–two panels, with nine papers in all. Topics ranged from slavery and Sherman’s “march to the sea” to the travels of Marco Polo, Westernization in Japan, and criminality in early modern London. Dr. Lucy Kaufman, one of the faculty mentors for the conference, described it as […]
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 […]
Two of our History majors – Molly Buffington and Margaret Lawson – recently received the prestigious Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes undergraduate students who are involved in innovative research around campus. Margaret was recognized for her project “History of Us: Empowering High School Students to Confront the Legacy of Lynching.” Under the guidance of Dr. John Giggie, she worked to integrate new research on lynching in the American South into high school history curriculum. Molly Buffington was also […]
History majors have launched the Crimson Historical Review (CHR), an undergraduate research journal. The idea for the journal started in Dr. Margaret Peacock’s undergraduate research seminar. Her students were reviewing one of the few undergraduate historical research journals in the United States and concluded that they could do it better. Peacock and students Jodi Vadinsky and Warren Martin formed an editorial review board, creating the CHR, the second undergraduate research journal in the SEC. The CHR offers undergraduate authors the […]
Dr. Julia Brock will host the department’s “Careers in History” session at 3 PM, on November 30, in 251 ten Hoor. Brock’s focus will be on the field of public history, including careers in historic preservation, archives, museums, public outreach, and government work.
Edward J. Gray, a 2013 Alabama graduate in history, and current Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University, is now in Paris, researching a powerful French political family. Gray is passionate about his subject, the Marillac family, and their rise and fall from power during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a period which also saw the centralization of the French state. The Marillacs were involved in the highest levels of politics and diplomacy. Their devotion to the Catholic Reformation, among other political […]