History: The Oblate Sisters of Providence

Posted 2 years 5 days ago
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UGA history professor Diane Batts Morrow has spent much of her career studying the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first congregation of black Catholic sisters in the United States. A recent Q & A with Dr. Morrow tells part of the fascinating story:

When I was growing up in Philadelphia, I had never seen a black nun. And I was a cradle Catholic. I went to integrated parochial schools, where there were white nuns teaching and the student body was integrated, but I had never seen a black nun. So it was a real revelation. I felt deprived of knowing about my history as a black...

Saunt's USNewsMap wins NEH prize

Posted 2 years 2 weeks ago
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The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the winners of the Chronicling America Data Challenge, and among them is Claudio Saunt from the department of history for his USNewsMap.com. The project maps patterns, explores regions, investigates how stories and terms spread around the country, and watches information go viral before the era of the internet:

This site argues that newspapers better capture the public discourse because of their quick publication schedule.  For example, users can track “miscegenation,” a term coined in 1863 by a Democratic Party operative to...

Archeologists find 16th-century fort San Marcos

Posted 2 years 3 weeks ago
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A team of archaeologists led by University of South Carolina's Chester DePratter and UGA's Victor Thompson has located the remains of a Spanish fort erected in 1577 in the Spanish town of Santa Elena, on present-day Parris Island, S.C. For decades, attempts to find it have failed, and Fort San Marcos stayed hidden until new technology brought it to light:

San Marcos is one of five Spanish forts built sequentially at Santa Elena over its 21-year occupation. DePratter and Thompson have conducted research at Santa Elena since 2014 to find the fort that was founded in 1577 by Pedro...

Searching newspapers across time

Posted 2 years 5 months ago

The digitizing of humanities-based research tools is opening up enormous new frontiers for understanding the past and informing the present. UGA history faculty are at the center of efforts to use Library of Congress databases of historical newspapers to allow scholars (and any citizens) to see how stories unfolded in the past:

“Every historical development has a spatial component to it, and often one that is central to explaining the ‘how’ and the ‘why,’” noted Claudio Saunt, chair of the Department of History at the University of Georgia. “With this new search engine, we now have...

Summer public history program in D.C.

Posted 2 years 6 months ago
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Terrific new opportunity puts UGA students within walking distance of the nation's greatest historical resources:

A new University of Georgia program in public history is offering students the opportunity to learn about the professional side of their discipline—through archiving artifacts, giving tours of historic sites or curating a historical collection of films—while living in Washington, D.C.

The program, offered by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences' department of history, will consist of a Maymester introduction to public history class followed by a summerlong...