Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Alabama

The Civil War and Reconstruction Era was a period of great change and strife for the state of Alabama and the nation.  Documents included in the office of the governor reflect this tumultuous time bringing together voices of the powerful and the powerless.   

Modeled after the successful Civil War Kentucky Governors Digital Documentation Edition https://civilwargovernors.org/ and the recently launched Civil War Governors of Mississippi https://cwrgm.org/ , the CWRAG will similarly create a scholarly digital edition of  these papers,  making them easily accessible, but more importantly, providing historical context and insight to scholars, students, teachers and the public at large.    

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Alabama Shakespeare Project

The Alabama Shakespeare Project (ASP) is a performance-based research collective exploring early modern entertainments. To do so, we 

  • stage free readings of the plays by William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, performed by University of Alabama students and community members. 
  • facilitate performance-based research projects and experiments led by graduate students and faculty in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.
  • collaborate with art-makers and scholars in the American southeast in conditions digital and live.

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Aphra Behn: The Podcast

Author, spy, political propagandist, Aphra Behn (1640–1689) was one of the first English women to earn a living by her pen. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the English Civil Wars, expanding transatlantic slave trade, and settler colonialism in the Americas, Behn’s work engages with frankness and complexity a range of topics, from gender identity to political power. This podcast celebrates the 350th anniversary of the first public performance of a work by Behn, surveying major trends across translations of romances and scientific texts, timely plays, erotic poetry, and an anti-slavery novella. Researched, written, and produced by University of Alabama undergraduates during the coronavirus global pandemic in the spring of 2021, this limited series provides the public with a primer to one of the most influential writers in English you’ve never heard of.

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Campus Historical Markers

Many people, places, and events which left an impression on the University of Alabama and surrounding community have been commemorated in historical markers and plaques around the campus. This is a collection of those public accounts of our history, in both image and text. Sections include Antebellum Campus, Confederate Commemoration, University Integration, Building Names, Fraternities & Sororities, and Other Historical.

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Vietnam War Oral History Archive

This oral history archive has been created by students in Dr. Sarah Steinbock-Pratt’s class on the Vietnam War.  The course explores the long history of the Vietnam War, beginning with early Vietnamese history and colonization. Over the course of the semester, students have explored different perspectives on the wars in Vietnam, American and Vietnamese notions of freedom during the Cold War, the intersection of domestic and foreign policies and politics, the construction of ideas about race, gender, and national identity, the politics of memory and the conflicted ways that the war has been remembered and commemorated. They then conducted oral history interviews and crafted websites to places these interviews into historical context.

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George C. Rable Civil War Indexes

On this website is a set of indexes to published primary sources (books and periodicals) dealing with the American Civil War that I have created over the past fifteen years or so. This began when I was on the road a great deal and so would take along collections of letters or diaries to examine for various research projects.  I began noting items that might be of future use to my students or myself but soon expanded the scope to create rough subject indexes for each volume or article. Included is material from soldiers and civilians, Union and Confederate, items produced by a single individual as well some more general compilations.  At this point the collection includes over one thousand book indexes and a large number of indexed articles.  The collection is growing, and I plan on making continuous additions.

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Dirt Poor

Dr. Karen Gardiner’s EN 455 (Advanced Studies in Writing) course has students recovering family stories from the Great Depression, contextualizing the person they study into their historical and cultural context, and then writing essays that convey that information to a wider audience. The class website maps these stories, as well as archiving the essays the students crafted about their family members to serve as an archive of their lives during the Great Depression.

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