Here are a couple of updates on what faculty from UT’s Department of History are doing.
Dr. Tore Olsson has a new book that will appeal to those of you interested in agrarian, twentieth-century, and transnational history. Agrarian Crossings: Reformers and the Remaking of the US and Mexican Countryside reveals how rural reform movements in two countries influenced and reinforced one another. Some of the ideas behind the New Deal were actually Mexican imports; in turn, New Deal programs like the TVA shaped Mexican development efforts. I got to take Dr. Olsson’s seminar on the United States and the world when I started my doctoral studies, and I can tell you that once you start looking at American history from his border-busting perspective, it’s a real eye-opener.
Dr. Dan Feller, editor of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, will lecture on the Indian Removal Act at the East Tennessee History Center at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. The Hermitage will also have a traveling exhibit on hand. The lecture is part of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s weekend-long History Fair, which is always well worth a visit.