Author Archives: Katherine Engel

Women at Work in Agriculture: Discovering a New Field

By Jonathan Angulo In Professor Ariel Ron’s Graduate Colloquium, U.S. History, 1812-1877, I wrote a historiographical paper on the early development of agriculture in California. Since I wanted to broaden my understanding of U.S. agriculture, I knew that I wanted to … Continue reading

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The Digital Present and Future of the Past: Digital History at the 2018 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting

By Joel Zapata The 2018 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California (April 12-14) featured seventeen digital history sessions and workshops. Within the sessions that I had the opportunity to attend, critical questions for history practitioners—elementary school teachers, … Continue reading

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Crosspost: Some Thoughts on the First Ever Mexican American Civil Rights Tour

SMU PhD Alum Ruben A. Arellano wrote a post about this exciting Spring Break trip, in which he collaborated with fellow SMU history PhD Carla Mendiola: Carla contacted me only a few weeks ago to help her find Dallas activists … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Game Donald Trump is Playing with MS-13

PhD Student Roberto Andrade Franco has a piece in the March 7, 2018 Washington Post. Here’s a taste: Of course, this is not the first time politicians have used a Latino group as a boogeyman for political gain. Seventy-five years … Continue reading

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From the Outside In: How the World Should View Meghan Markle 

By Camille Davis   At the end of 2017, a sense of elation was shared by many women in the African American community. There were hashtags such as #blackprincess, #blackroyalty and #princessmeghan floating all over social media to celebrate the … Continue reading

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As American as Apple Pie: Understanding Kneeling within the History of American Protests

By Camille Davis NBC recently quenched suspense regarding whether they would show coverage of players who kneeled during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. They said they would. Super Bowl executive producer, Fred Gaudelli, explained NBC’s rationale to the … Continue reading

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Borders, Walls, and the Proposed Border Wall

By Joshua Tracy “What do you think about Trump’s border wall?” As an historian of the Rio Grande and its environment I get that question often. While discussions vary in length and detail, they all conclude in the same way: … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement from SMU History Alum David Rex Galindo!

By David Rex Galindo, SMU PhD 2010, Professor in the Facultad de Artes Liberales at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago, Chile I am very pleased to announce in our history department’s blog that my book To Sin No More: Franciscans and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dead March

Patrick Troester is a PhD Candidate in History at Southern Methodist University. His dissertation project studies the evolution of identity and political power in the nineteenth-century U.S.-Mexico borderlands by examining borderland violence and the ways in which the region’s diverse … Continue reading

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Terry: SMU’s Once Great White Hope

Roberto Andrade is a PhD Candidate in SMU’s William P. Clements Department of History My dissertation examines boxing’s influence on identity, specifically focused on Mexican and Mexican Americans. Concerns over machismo, class, and assimilation inform many of the arguments that … Continue reading

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