Department of History News

Students’ Research to Potentially Become Cherokee Biographies for Children

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A group of UT students spent this fall delving into the lives of Cherokees who called East Tennessee home in the 1800s, before they were forcibly removed and relocated west of the Mississippi River. The students’ research and recovery of the lost stories of Cherokee people could be translated into the Cherokee language and become children’s books.

Knoxville Mercury: The Redemption of Alex Haley

The Knoxville Mercury published a lengthy feature about Robert “Jeff” Norrell and his latest book — the first-ever scholarly biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley

WUOT: TVA And The Developing World


Tore Olsson, assistant professor of history, spoke with WUOT 91.9 FM about how the Tennessee Valley Authority was used as a model of development across the globe.

Professor to Discuss New Alex Haley Biography December 2


A UT historian will present his new biography of Alex Haley, an acclaimed American author, Wednesday, December 2. Robert “Jeff” Norrell will discuss his biography Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation, at a 6:00 p.m. presentation at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street. The event is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow the talk.

History Professor Wins Book Award

The Kentucky Historical Society awarded Associate Professor of History Luke Harlow its 2015 History Award, honoring his book Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830–1880.

WSJ: A Long Path to a Dream of Being a Nun

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The Wall Street Journal featured Shannen Williams in this story about a great-grandmother who is one of two black Catholic nuns in the white order of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Associated Press Highlights Norrell Book on Alex Haley

History Professor Jeff Norrell recently published a new biography exploring the rise of author Alex Haley to national celebrity and his great literary influence. The Associated Press picked up the story, and it has been featured in numerous national news outlets.