James Lusk Alcorn, a prominent Republican figure from Mississippi, served as the state’s senator to the US Congress and its governor from 1870 to 1877. Wikimedia Commons

Scalawags and Scandal-Mongers: Intra-party Rivalry and the Complex World of Reconstruction Politics

On a warm afternoon in late February 1871, Dr. William M. Compton found himself in what he would later call “a fix.” Before him stood his wife, Ernestine, furious and demanding to know what he was doing napping on a young nurse’s bed. To make matters worse, she was confronting him in front of an entire ward of psychiatric patients, staff members, and a party of elite Jacksonians who were touring the asylum.

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A Historian in the Stacks: Finding a Professional Home in the Library

By Annie Johnson

Unlike most graduate students, when I started my history PhD at the University of Southern California, I knew I did not want to be a professor. Fresh out of the public humanities program at Brown, I was inspired by the work of public historians like Steven Lubar and Richard Rabinowitz. I figured I would go on and get a PhD, like they had, and then find a curatorial job in a history museum. Not even a semester into my first year, however, my plan began to change (although I didn’t quite realize it at the time).

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Grant of the Week

Grant of the Week: SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship & Global Summer Semester Residency at the University of Göttingen

Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar. This week we are featuring a fellowship from The Social Science Research Council along with a fellowship in cooperation with the CETREN Transregional Research Network at the University of Göttingen in Germany. 

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AHA Member Spotlight: Lance R. Blyth

AHA members are involved in all fields of history, with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and areas of employment. To recognize our talented and eclectic membership, AHA Today features a regular AHA Member Spotlight series.

Lance R. Blyth is a command historian at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has been a member since 2011.

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The Gift Thieves: Interpreting a Scandal in Early Modern Venice

This is the third post in a series by Jesse Hysell, one of this year’s AHA Today blog contest winners. His posts examine material exchanges between Venice and Egypt in the early modern period. Previous Posts include: Cultural Encounters and Material Exchanges in the Venetian Archives and The Politics of Pepper: Deciphering a Venetian-Mamluk Gift Exchange

My last post examined how diplomatic gift exchange between Venice and Cairo in the early modern period enabled communication and cooperation between their rulers. As I continued my research into these practices, my findings led me to confront an inevitable question: What happened to ambassadorial gifts after they had changed hands?

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