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

Changing Understandings of the American Civil War in Border Communities

Zachary Brown
Stanford University

The battlefields of the Civil War were only one part of a greater drama--what the war, and subsequently union and disunion, would come to mean. The border communities of Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania attest to just how volatile and fundamental this drama was. 

The Vikings in the North Atlantic:  The Rise and Fall of the Greenland Colony

Caitlyn Floyd Geiger
Armstrong State University

This paper analyzes both textual and archaeological evidence for the Viking presence in Greenland and North America during the first half of the second millennium in order to better understand how they both found success and lost sustainability there.  

A Cradle of Sandstone: The Origins of Industry in Northern Ohio

Christian York Ellis
Baldwin Wallace University

Northern Ohio’s industrial identity persists into the twenty-first century due to a transformation sparked by sandstone quarries. Substantial attention has been given to the local histories and technical functioning of the quarries themselves, but what impact did they have on the people and other industries around them?

Featured Books

Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics

Michael Diambri
Pacific Lutheran University

Queer Clout is a spectacular work in queer history. Stewart-Winter’s book urges LGBTQ+ scholars to continue focusing on specific examples of building queer community in contexts rife with other forms of discrimination and inequality.

Warfare at Sea, 1500–1650: Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe

Brian Wivell
George Washington University

In his work, Jan Glete makes a convincing case for the role that naval strength plays in the greater European balance of power. The changes of sea power in history led to the gradual shift of political and economic focus from Southern Europe and the Mediterranean to Northern Europe.

Featured Authors

Michael Goodyear

University of Chicago

Jennifer Dennis

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Wen Li Teng

University of California, Los Angeles

George Kotlik

Keuka College
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Armstrong State University, a University System of Georgia Institution