Patrick Allitt in ‘The Spectator’: “The women who paved the way for Hillary’s bid for the White House”

Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History, recently penned an article for The Spectator titled “The women who paved the way for Hillary’s bid for the White House.” With an eye to the upcoming presidential election, Allitt surveys the long history of women from the United States in electoral politics as voters and candidates. Check out the excerpt below and the full article.

“American women, in other words, have been important to women’s participation in politics on both sides of the Atlantic. The outcome in November will show whether any office remains out of reach to female candidates. “

Dr. Carol Anderson in Politico’s 50 Thinkers, Doers and Visionaries

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by [Anderson Ph.D., Carol]

Historian Carol Anderson, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American Studies, was recently featured in Politico’s “50,” a guide to “the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” Anderson is featured alongside Michael Tesler, a political scientist at the University of California Irvine. Situating the 2016 election in a longer historical context, Anderson and Tesler assert that “white racism has long shaped American politics—and 2016 is no exception.” The article highlights Anderson’s recent book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury, 2016). View an excerpt below and check out the full article.

“This year, in her book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Anderson argues that black Americans’ advances have always been followed by white Americans’ efforts to resist them or roll them back. After slavery was abolished, there were Jim Crow laws; after Brown v. Board of Education, whites segregated themselves in private schools and wealthier districts; after passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, Richard Nixon made an appeal to white voters with his “Southern strategy” and Ronald Reagan escalated the war on drugs, which disproportionately jailed African-Americans. Whether in legislatures, the courts or police departments, Anderson argues, white rage against black progress has worked to keep deep racial inequality entrenched in American society—and does to this day.” 

James V.H. Melton’s `Religion, Community, and Slavery on the Colonial Southern Frontier` Wins the Austrian Studies Book Prize

Religion, Community, and Slavery on the Colonial Southern Frontier

Congratulations to Dr. James V.H. Melton, Professor of History, whose most recent book was awarded the Austrian Studies Book Prize by the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Melton’s work, Religion, Community, and Slavery on the Colonial Southern Frontier, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. The prize marks the second in as many years for an Emory historian of German-speaking Europe, following Professor Brian Vick‘s award last year for The Congress of Vienna: Power and Politics after Napoleon (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Emory Launches First Annual Brazil Week, September 19-23

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On September 19, 2016, Emory will inaugurate the first annual Brazil Week, a celebration of the university’s engagement with Brazil. The multidisciplinary series of activities, organized by Emory’s Brazil Initiative through the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, will involve History faculty and students from Emory and elsewhere. History Department faculty within the Brazil Initiative include Dr. Jeffrey Lesser (Chair and Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History) and Dr. Thomas D. Rogers (Associate Professor of Modern Latin American History). Check out a schedule of events below, read more about the Brazil initiative, and visit this page to register for the week’s events.


Placing Time: The Power of Mapping Technology for Historical Analysis
Tuesday, September 20
Oxford Road Building Auditorium

Emory professor Michael Page will present Atlanta Explorer, a project dedicated to building and disseminating geographical datasets and tools for exploring Atlanta’s history. Professor Luís Ferla of Federal University of São Paulo will describe the work of Hímaco: History, Maps, Computers, a collaborative laboratory of historians, geographers, and computer scientists exploring the spatial history of São Paulo. This panel, moderated by Professor Michael Elliott, Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, features the current work of these partners in a new collaboration on Brazilian urban studies.

Zika: A Brazilian Perspective on A Global Challenge
Wednesday, September 21
4:00-5:30pm, followed by a casual reception
Atwood Hall 360
(New Chemistry Building)

Zika virus’ arrival in Brazil and the rest of the world unleashed a storm of public health challenges and media attention. Brazil has been at the forefront of the epidemic and the efforts to address it, and transmission is now ongoing in many areas in the Americas, including Florida and Puerto Rico in the U.S. Dr. Mariana Kikuti, DVM, PhD Candidate, Federal University of Bahia; Dr. Uriel Kitron, Goodrich C. White Professor of Environmental Sciences, Emory University; Dr. Igor Paploski, DVM, PhD Candidate, Federal University of Bahia; and Dr. Lincoln Suesdek, Researcher at Scientific Council of Butantan Institute, Brazil, will provide a brief overview of Zika and its mosquito vector – Aedes aegypti, present findings from their studies in the Brazilian cities of São Paulo and Salvador, and answer questions from the audience.

Bate-Papo: Portuguese Conversational Hour
Friday, September 23
Great Room, Longstreet-Means Hall

Come join us for pizza and conversations in Portuguese with students, faculty, and staff from across the university and broader community.

Additional cultural events will be organized throughout the week by the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), including Capoeira Performance/Workshop on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 pm in the Woodruff P.E. Center and a Samba performance. Visit here for updates and details.


Dr. Carol Anderson at the AJC Decatur Book Festival

Professor Carol Anderson recently spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist Rosalind Bentley in advance of her appearance at the AJC Decatur  Book Festival. Anderson puts recent police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement in historical context, and the interview includes commentary about her new book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury, 2016). Check out a clip below and read the full interview here.

“If you only define status as, ‘I got mine,’ and you define what this nation has to offer as a zero-sum game — meaning you can only get something at my expense — then there’s fear. Exclusivity is shortsighted and it will destroy this nation.”


Professor Deborah Lipstadt in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Deborah Lipstadt, associated faculty of the History Department and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, was recently featured in an op-ed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Bert Roughton. Roughton discusses a recent libel trial in England involving Lipstadt, who was charged to prove herself innocent of libel against David Irving. Irving has authored works that deny the Holocaust. View an excerpt below or check out the full article here.

“Lipstadt recalls the trial as a test of the place facts hold in understanding our history. ‘The trial was about the difference between fact and opinion — truth and lies,’ she said in an email. ‘Our objective was to demonstrate to the court not what happened in the Holocaust — though we did end up doing that as a byproduct — but prove that what deniers such as Irving say is based on lies and distortions of evidence.

‘Of course, another important element was that the ‘opinions’ held by deniers such as Irving are laced with anti-semitism, racism, and love of Nazism,’ she wrote. ‘More than laced with, they are built on the foundation stone of those hatreds.”

Incoming PhD Student Virgo Morrison Featured by Emory News Center

This fall the Emory History Department welcomes a stellar new cohort of ten first-year graduate students. One of those students, Virgo Morrison, was recently profiled by the Emory News Center. An advisee of Joseph Crespino, Morrison’s research focuses on the impacts of drug abuse and drug policy in the South. Copied below is Morrison’s profile. Check out a few of the other incoming students to the Laney Graduate School here.

Virgo Morrison

Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia

Emory degree program: PhD in history

Completed degrees: BA in history, MA in history, Virginia State University

Focus of scholarship: Traditionally, drug abuse has been perceived as primarily a Northern metropolitan phenomenon and much of narcotics history has been similarly one-dimensional. Through my research I intend to broaden the field by exploring the impact drug abuse and drug policy had across the rural-urban spectrum in the 20th century American South. I am specifically interested in how regional manifestations of segregation, conservativism, and drug rehabilitation influenced the formation of drug policy and popular sentiments about drug abuse.

Why it matters: If the current opioid epidemic has shown us anything, it is that we still do not understand how to craft effective drug policies. It is perhaps too ambitious to hope there is an answer to this problem within our history but I do believe that an accurate account of our past successes and failures could provide us with, at the very least, a solid foundation.

Proudest academic achievement to date: While completing my master’s degree I picked up a day job as a masonry restoration specialist for a historic preservation company. My days were spent tuckpointing marble balustrades or laying brick six stories high whereas my nights were spent formatting footnotes and reading for classes. Looking back now I view this experience as an accomplishment rather than an obstacle. I never missed a class, I graduated, and I even became a decent bricklayer to boot.