T. R. C. Hutton, a lecturer in UT’s Department of History, has received the 2013 Weatherford Award for nonfiction for his book Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South.
Department of History News
Hundreds of middle and high school students from across East Tennessee gather on the UT campus today to celebrate National History Day.
Kathryn Braund, the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, will visit campus on Thursday, February 27, to talk about the Creek War and its significance in American history. The lecture, “Wild, Ungovernable Young Men: Rethinking the Creek War and the War of 1812,” will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center.
Teachers are invited to learn and share ideas about how to improve teaching history at the UT’s thirty-third Workshop for Teachers of Social Studies on Saturday, February 22. The workshop, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee Historical Society, will offer lectures on historical topics that are of special interest to teachers.
Honors and awards for the university’s faculty and graduate students.
This News Sentinel video features an interview with Laura-Eve Moss, one of the members of the editorial team that recently published the ninth volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, recently published by the University of Tennessee Press. View the video here.
The recent passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela caused one UT professor to recall her chance meeting with him. Catherine Higgs, professor of history and vice chair of Africana studies, met Mandela in the Johannesburg airport in February 1991, a year after he was released after serving twenty-seven years in jail for protesting against the apartheid state.
A woman with a dubious reputation. Presidential cabinet members at each other’s throats. A president with a conspiracy theory. It’s not a fictional story of political intrigue. It’s real-life drama—detailed through the correspondence chronicled in the ninth volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, recently published by the University of Tennessee Press.
Fifty years ago—on November 22, 1963—President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, forever changing American politics. How might history have been different had that fateful day in Dallas not occurred? How did the assassination color the legacy of Kennedy’s short presidency? “The difficulty of assessing Kennedy, which is also part of his glittering memory, is that he was cut off at precisely the right moment,” history professor Dan Feller said. “One is free to imagine all kinds of promises, some of which might have been fulfilled and some of which might have not.”
A critical seven-month period in one of America’s most transformational presidencies is revealed in the latest installment in the Correspondence of James K. Polk series. Volume 12 of the Polk series, encompassing letters from January to July 1847, was edited by Tom Chaffin and Michael David Cohen of UT’s history department. It was published by UT Press.