History Study Day Faculty Book Discussion

‌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. 

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Congratulations to Laura Thompson-Woodland, the 2013 recipient of the Gregory Marzolf, Jr. Award & S

May 8, 2013

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.

History Majors Presented Papers at the 2013 Midwest Phi Alpha Theta Conference, April 12-13, 2013,

April 15, 2013

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.

History Majors Present Papers at Mississippi State University Symposium

May 28, 2013

Three history majors presented their research at the at Mississippi State University Symposium for History Undergraduate Research, May 26-27, 2013.

Phi Alpha Theta Spring 2013 Induction

May 2, 2013

Four new members were inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta.

Alumni Andrew Jacobs

March 22, 2013

Former History Major Andrew Jacobs had an article published in the Journal of American Catholic Studies.