Alum and current University of Mississippi doctoral student in history, Justin Rogers, was one of two graduate students from across the nation chosen for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute residency this past summer at the Library of Congress. Rogers earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from NC State in 2009.
Rogers’ research analyzes Presbyterian missions to Chickasaw Indians in north Mississippi, southwestern Tennessee and northwestern Alabama. He also examines how elite Chickasaws and Euro-Americans helped encode racial distinctions into court precedent and Mississippi law that reinforced associations of blackness with enslavement and whiteness with property holding during the 1820s and 1830s.
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