What’s New in the History Department

Ken Owen Hosts Monthly Podcast on Early American History

Dr. Ken Owen hosts a monthly podcast on subjects relating to early American History. A few subjects covered recently include: “The Constitution,” “Thomas Paine and Common Sense” and “Teaching the U.S. History Survey.” Click here to find the podcasts and discover why they get rave reviews!

The JuntoCast is part of a group blog named after Benjamin Franklin’s self-improvement club for aspiring gentlemen: The Junto.

Check out Dr. Owen’s contributions to the blog.

Visit The Junto website. 

Michael Burlingame: How Journalists Covered Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Michael Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield discusses “How Journalists Covered Abraham Lincoln”.


Bill Siles studies urbanization and western migration

University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor of History Bill Siles studies urbanization and western migration during the late 1700s and early 1800s.


Peter Shapinsky researches ancient Japanese pirates

Assistant Professor of History Peter Shapinsky researches Japanese pirates from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His research is unique because it allows historians to understand Japanese history from the perspective of the sea. While pirates were often labeled as violent criminals, they also helped to establish trade routes, transport goods and provide protection.

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