Stories From 2011

Mar 23, 2011

History Weekend Educates and Enlightens

The Tea Party in America. Pirates of the Atlantic. Murder in America. Each year, the Department of History sponsors History Weekend “to ignite discussion, and to invite the public into that conversation,” according to Department Head Jonathan Ocko. “We bring […]

Mar 16, 2011

The Public History of the Civil War, a Sesquicentennial Symposium

by Lauren Lopez-Ibanez, CHASS Communication Intern On April 12, 1861, the Battle of Fort Sumter triggered the beginning of the American Civil War–a war that would consume our country for four long years and change it forever. As the 150th […]

Mar 16, 2011

“Make the Letters Big and Plain” : A History of Black Education in North Carolina

Duncan, Eric. “‘Make the Letters Big and Plain’ : A History of Black Education in North Carolina.” (Under the direction of Dr. Susanna Lee.) This paper traces the history of black education in North Carolina from the antebellum era through […]

Mar 15, 2011

Found in translation: student reflects on why he studies the Middle East

Evan Garris (Political Science 2011) says he was overcome with emotion recently while watching television reports of the jubilant crowds celebrating Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The Smithfield, NC, native described his reaction to his Arabic teacher in […]

Jan 5, 2011

The Pains of Withdrawal: Carter and Korea, 1976-1980

Brown, Aaron. “The Pains of Withdrawal: Carter and Korea, 1976-1980.” (Under the direction of Dr. Nancy Mitchell.) This thesis focuses on President Jimmy Carter’s attempt to withdraw American forces from the Korean peninsula. During his presidency (1976-1980), Carter tried unsuccessfully […]

Jan 4, 2011

MSNBC Taps CHASS Historian for Reaction to Mississippi Governor’s Account of Civil Rights Era

Professor of History Blair Kelley was featured recently on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann regarding Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s comments about the role of the segregationist Citizen’s Councils during the civil rights era. See the interview here.