University of South Alabama Department of History News


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- Daniel J. Boorstin


Department Newsletter Fall 2017


Faculty News

Claire Cage, Assistant Professor of History, is the 2017 recipient of the Baker-Burton Prize for the best first book on European History published between 2013-2017 from the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. Her book, Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015.

 Cage Book Cover




2017 Stallworth Lecture





2017 Stallworth Lecture

On September 13, 2017 the USA Foundation and the Department of History will present the Eleventh Annual N. Jack Stallworth Lecture. The Peadbody Family Professor of History at Duke University, Laura Edwards, will speak on "The Reconstruction of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment and Popular Conceptions of Governance in the South"  The lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.

Professor Edwards is the author of the numerous books including the award winning, The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South, and most recently A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Nation of Rights.  She has been awarded fellowships from the Newberry Library, the National Humanities Center, the NEH, the Stanford Humanities Center, the National Museum of American History, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2016-2017, she held the
Neukom Fellows Visiting Chair in Law and Diversity at the
American Bar Foundation. In addition, she has served on the Executive
Committee of the Southern Historical Association, as President of the Southern Association of Women Historians, and on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Legal History.




Recent History Department Faculty Publications

Claire Cage, Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815

Donald DeVore, Defying Jim Crow: African-American Community Development and the Struggle for Racial Equality in New Orleans, 1900-1960

Mara Kozelsky, Russian-Ottoman Borderlands: The Eastern Question Reconsidered

Harry Miller, The Gongyang Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals

Michele Strong, Education, Travel and the 'Civilisation' of the Victorian Working Classes

Rebecca Williams, Muhammad and the Supernatural