Department of History News

Reader’s Digest: Freeberg Sets Record Straight on Edison

Reader’s Digest recently featured Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, in an article titled “18 History Lessons Your Teacher Lied to You About.” In this article, Reader’s Digest sets the record straight for many misconceptions that are relayed to students as they grow up. One of these common misconceptions is that Thomas Edison invented the

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Reed Leads Discussion on Cherokee Heritage

Julie Reed, an assistant professor in the Department of History, recently led a discussion at the Cherokee National Prison Museum, as reported by Tahlequah Daily Press. Reed is a Cherokee Nation citizen. The discussion came shortly after the Cherokee National Prison in Tahlequa opened an exhibit called “The Pardoned.” The exhibit, which opened on June 16 and will

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Williams Pens Guest Column for American Magazine About Death of Emmett Till

Shannen Dee Williams, assistant professor in the Department of History, was a recent guest columnist for America Magazine. Her column, titled Emmett Till: The Lynching That Shook the Conscience of the World, expanded on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, Illinois.

‘Papers of Andrew Jackson’ Garners Washington Award

UT’s Papers of Andrew Jackson project has won an award for its recently published volume. The Society for History in the Federal Government awarded its Thomas Jefferson Prize to The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume X, 1832 at a ceremony at the National Archives in Washington earlier this month.

CNN Interviews Feller About ‘Dysfunctional’ Congress

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, CNN reports that is appears to be impossible for Congress to get anything done. CNN interviewed Dan Feller, a professor in the Department of History, regarding Congress’s history of dysfunction.