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

Summersell Students exploring archival collectionsThe 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 experiences of queer citizens in the American South with a focus on West Alabama.

Both classes work closely with community partners and have a lasting impact on students. They are taught by Summersell Center Director Dr. John Giggie, who is assisted by Vivian Malone Fellow Isabella Garrison.