Department of History News

Freeberg Pens News Sentinel Column on History of Free Speech at UT

Ernest Freeberg, head of the Department of History, penned an essay for the Knoxville News Sentinel examining the history of free speech on the UT campus. Freeberg noted that UT chancellor Charles Weaver’s decision in 1968 to veto a student committee’s invitation to comedian and activist Dick Gregory to speak on campus sparked the debate over students’ free speech rights.

Mercer Assesses End of Supreme Court Term on California-based Radio Show

William Mercer, a lecturer in the Department of History, was a guest panelist for a radio show on Santa Monica, California-based KCRW-FM, 89.9 this summer. The panel assessed the US Supreme Court at the end of its most recent term. Mercer and other panelists noted that with all nine members now in place for the next term, the

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Feller Speaks to Time Mag About Twitter and a New Political Discourse

A recent Time magazine article explored how President Donald Trump’s tweets — particularly those used to criticize others — fit into presidential history. The story quoted Daniel Feller, a UT professor of history and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson. Thanks to the president’s unique use of Twitter, thoughts that were once revealed privately

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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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