Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History

“For me, it is the students – those who work their way through the classrooms, learn from us about the past, and have good memories of their time here – who make me happy to be a historian.”

  –Professor June Hopkins


  “Not infrequently, I find that the study of history requires a patience and curiosity to peel back layers of misguided if also genuine readings and interpretations that hide past models of the best of human agency. When this is true historical study for me takes on the dimension of a treasure hunt with the prize found in the construction of a historical meaning previously obscured, if not buried in the past.”
Professor Michael Benjamin


  “Studying history helped me make some fundamental decisions. Learning history is like learning more about myself and the rest of humanity.”
Eric Beba, Information Technology


“History should be diverse. I want my children to learn the stories of humanity’s past within a spectrum of race and creed. History becomes interesting when stories of old are connected.”
Austin Jackson, Communication

Featured Articles

Why Was Celebrating the Olympic Games So Important in Hellenic Culture?

Luca Ricci
University of Adelaide

Participation in the Olympic Games created an environment, where individuals could aspire to great honors and city-states could symbolically assess their power and acquire prestige.  

“If I Pick Flowers”:  Posters, Popular Culture, and Gorbachev’s Reforms in the 1980s

James Masnov
Western Oregon University

The posters as primary sources offer valuable insight into the Soviet government’s desire to follow a new policy of transparency, and reveal the population’s desire to exploit the new policy of openness by addressing social ills in a public medium which had not been possible before.

Containing the Kalon Kakon: The Portrayal of Women in Ancient Greek Mythology

Dessa Meehan
Western Washington University

In ancient Greece, the portrayal of women in mythology as deceitful, manipulative, and the downfall of men corresponded with oppressive treatment and forced seclusion, which mirrored Greek patriarchal society.

From Silent Object to Vocal Subject:  An Analysis of the Historiography of American Slavery

Hadden Alexander
Baldwin Wallace University

As black people found their voices during the Civil Rights Movement, black slaves became actors in history. When historians heard the black voice in American politics and society, they began attributing similar voices to the slaves they wrote about. 

Featured Books

The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

Micheal Williams
Middle Georgia State University

In The Reaper's Garden, Brown offers a compelling argument for reexamining the power that death has over a society, and paves the way for further scholarship in other areas of the Atlantic World using this unique approach.

Featured Authors

Keely Smith

Samford University

Fatima Khan

Wesleyan College

Laura Chun

Occidental College

James P. Gregory Jr.

University of Central Oklahoma

Edwin Tran

University of Nevada, Reno
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A special initiative of the Department of History,
Armstrong State University, a University System of Georgia Institution