Twice a year, during final exam week, the history department faculty gathers for a luncheon book discussion on a topic of mutual interest. Our December 19th discussion focuses on Walter Johnson's River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Belknap Press, 2013). In this book, Johnson tells how Thomas Jefferson's vision for the Louisiana Territory as an "empire for liberty" for independent white farmers became instead a robust capitalist economy based on wealthy plantation owners growing cotton and selling it on the Atlantic commodity markets. In particular, Johnson wants his readers to understand the lives of the enslaved peoples who built this economy through forced labor and suffered and died beneath its dark and violent underside.
Laura Thompson-Woodland was awarded the Gregory Marzolf, Jr. Award & Scholarship which is given annually to a University of St. Thomas commuter student who, through dedication and disciplined application, has exercised talents and abilities in an extraordinary manner.
Matthew Keliher, Maggie Whitacre and David Yates presented research papers at the Midwest Conference for the History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, this April at Park University.
Three history majors presented their research at the at Mississippi State University Symposium for History Undergraduate Research, May 26-27, 2013.
Four new members were inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta.
Former History Major Andrew Jacobs had an article published in the Journal of American Catholic Studies.