Samanthis Smalls and Corrie Hand
Students' road to graduation includes promoting
history education

Phi Alpha Theta Society has a history of encouraging excellence in history. Just ask Samanthis Smalls '09, president, and Corrie Hand '09, vice president, of the national history society at Armstrong State University.

Phi Alpha Theta offers a variety of programs that support the university's history program and students. It hosts a history paper writing workshop, promotes attendance at state conferences, and participates in the annual Celebrate ASU Day by raffling off history-appropriate prizes like a carriage tour of the Historic District and dinner at the historic Pirates' House.

Samanthis and Corrie describe themselves as "twins," promoting the programs of the society and sharing a common goal of going after their master's and doctoral degrees and then teaching history at the college level. Their paths to that common goal, however, are distinctly different.

Sam is focused on African American studies. Recently, she delivered a conference paper on nineteenth century African American feminists who marched prominently among the famous suffragettes. In another paper, she advanced the story of African American women from 1865 to 1900 and the relationships that developed between the freeborn women from the North and the slave-born women from the South. Sam also worked as an intern on a project for the City of Savannah transcribing videotaped interviews for a history of East Side neighborhoods.

Corrie pursues American Colonial and Revolutionary War history. She's explored sites from St. Augustine to Charleston and written a paper on how the upper classes of the period incited the lower classes to riot for a common cause. A student worker in the history department, Corrie has enjoyed an internship with the Georgia Historical Society where she catalogs some of the 2,000 state historical markers currently under review.

With their dedication and drive, the "twins" may one day take their places on the ASU history faculty working beside their current professors.

photo of Samanthis Smalls and Corrie Hand