Department of History News

UT’s New Volume of Polk Letters Sheds Light on Origin of US–Mexico Border

Newly published letters of President James K. Polk shed light on the end of the Mexican War and the origin of the current US–Mexico border. Volume 13 of The Correspondence of James K. Polk, which comprises letters from August 1847 to March 1848, was published today by the University of Tennessee Press.

Experts: WWI Impact on Current Events, Culture Continues 100 Years Later

Global politics, US civil liberties, and the popularity of wristwatches and trench coats all have their roots in a transformative but often forgotten moment in history: World War I. As the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War approaches in April, Vejas Liulevicius and Ernie Freeberg, two experts from UT’s Department of History, reflect on the how the conflict’s impact continues to be felt today.

Feller Named to Review Team for Papers of Abraham Lincoln

UT Andrew Jackson scholar Daniel Feller has been invited to join a team of experts to review The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. The panel will make recommendations such as the best digital platform for publishing Lincoln’s papers, the project’s staffing needs, and the best organizational structure.

Historian Recaps Trump’s Speech at the Hermitage

President Donald Trump visited The Hermitage Wednesday on the 250th anniversary of Andrew Jackson’s birth to lay a wreath at his grave. UT history professor Daniel Feller stood 50 feet from him as he delivered a speech from the home’s front porch.

WBIR: Dolly Parton Focal Point of New UT History Class

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WBIR-TV Channel 10 featured a UT history class that studied the life of entertainer and philanthropist Dolly Parton as a way to understand history. Taught by Lynn Sacco, associate professor of history, the class studied Parton’s autobiography, listened to her music, and watched her films to learn the ins and outs of this universal icon.