Prof. Calvin Schermerhorn has written an op-ed on the intertwined history of slavery and sugar in Virginia’s largest circulating newspaper, “The Virginian-Pilot.” His book, “The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860” was recently published by Yale University Press. Here is a blurb from the back cover: “The best book ever written on role of the interstate slave trade in the economic history of the United States—both north and south. Absolutely essential.”—Walter Johnson, author of River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom.
The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is pleased to annouce that the 2015 SHGAPE Roger D. Bridges Distinguished Service Award was conferred on Professor Philip Vandermeer, Arizona State University, at the SHGAPE Luncheon at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in St. Louis, MO on April 17, 2015.
Prof. Chris Jones was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered to speak about a man named Samuel Van Syckel and his goal to build the nation's first commercial oil pipeline. Before Van Syckel's pipeline, transporting oil cost as much as, or more than, the oil itself. Jones says, "Once people were there, they discovered it was one thing to bring oil out of the ground — but it was an entirely different thing to try and get it to market."
Prof. Jason Bruner’s essay, “Theology in Oral History” has been published in Marginalia Review of Books’ blog. In it, he talks about conversions to Christianity in East Africa beginning in the 1930’s and explains why oral history was preferred to written history for religious reasons. Bruner says, “In writing a history of this revival, I had to confront the reality that I had a dramatically different conceptualization of history — and of doing history — than my interlocutors.”