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Department News

Congratulations to MA student Brittany Coffinbargar, whose article, "The G.I. Bill of Rights and Physical Plant Development at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, 1946-1951," appears in the most recent number of The Journal of North Louisiana History, the quarterly journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association. Coffinbargar's study received first place in the 2013 Graduate Division of the North Louisiana Historical Association's annual Overdyke Prize competition for the best research paper on North Louisiana history.

Louisiana Tech's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society has once again won the best chapter award from the national society! This is makes 28 wins! Congrats to all those who worked hard to make this happen AGAIN!

Faculty News

The Hank Williams Reader, edited by the department's own Dr. David Anderson, along with Patrick Huber, and Steve Goodson, has been published by Oxford University Press. The first book of its kind devoted to this giant of American music, the volume collects more than sixty of the most compelling, insightful, and historically significant of these writings. The selections cover a broad assortment of themes and perspectives, ranging from heartfelt reminiscences and shocking tabloid exposés to thoughtful meditations and critical essays. The Hank Williams Reader also features a lengthy interpretive introduction and the most extensive bibliography of Williams-related writings ever published.This anthology chronicles his cultural transfiguration from star-crossed hillbilly singer to enduring American icon.

Dr. Elaine Thomspon's monograph on her hometown, Clinton, Louisiana: Society, Politics, and Race Relations in a Nineteenth-Century Southern Small Town, has just been published by the Univeristy of Louisiana Press. Examining the town's history from 1826 to 1877, Thompson showcases Clinton as a window through which one can view the importance of small towns in the nineteenth-century South.

Dr. Drew McKevitt and Dr. David Anderson were recently featured online in Slate Magazine regarding the infamous 1963 literacy test used in Louisiana to restrict voting rights.

Dr. Jeffery R. Hankins has been named to the international advisory board of the British Scholar Society. Activities include annual international conferences, sponsorship of a book series and other media productions, and maintenance of Britain and the World, a biannual scholarly journal published by Edinburgh University Press. As a member of the advisory board Dr. Hankins's responsibilities will include evaluation of manuscripts on seventeenth-century topics submitted for publication by the society.


The Department of History is celebrating the achievement of two of its faculty: Dr. David M. Anderson and Dr. V. Elaine Thompson, who have each published books in early 2014. Dr. Thompson's book, entitled Clinton, Louisiana: Society, Politics, and Race Relations in a Nineteenth-Century Southern Small Town, will be published through University of Louisiana Lafayette Press; and Dr. Anderson is co-editor of the Hank Williams Reader, published by Oxford University Press. The Department will host a book release celebration at the Louisiana Tech Ropp Center, Friday, February 14, from 2:00-4:00; and the public is invited.

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