Department of History

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Students Comb Pitt Archives for Credit

Uncovering stories from the medieval era to the recent past, undergraduate researchers followed their passions to dig deep into the University Library System archives. Their research adds new perspectives and scholarship to little-known historical events, practices and objects.
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Undergraduates Learn Alongside Inmates in Pilot Year of Prison Education Initiative

The Pitt Prison Education Project puts undergraduates in the classroom with inmates — not as teachers or assistants, but as fellow students taking the same college course.
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Photos, Personal Stories Featured in 'I Am_' Project on Transgender Young Adults

Undergraduate student Kate Koenig created the "I Am_" Project to chronicle the lives of transgender young people through in-depth Q&A interviews and photos. Her work was awarded the Iris Marion Young Award for Community Engagement.

Historian's Work Celebrates Unsung Heroes

Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History Marcus Rediker is drawn to people forgotten or ignored by traditional historians. His latest book focuses on Benjamin Lay, the first revolutionary abolitionist.
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Chronicles of Violence: Professor Explores Brutal History of the American Revolution

Holger Hoock, British Empire specialist and Pitt history professor, takes an unvarnished look at the violent history of the American Revolution — a theme rarely examined in the heroic stories of the War of Independence.