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TCNJ History Department Statement on Racism

The History Department of The College of New Jersey condemns the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others. We stand against the violence by law enforcement at peaceful demonstrations. We are in solidarity with our Black colleagues, students, and fellow citizens, and we pledge to use our historical perspective to examine and confront the anti-Black racism at the heart of American history.

In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois, a historian and Black civil rights activist, remarked that “the Nation has not yet found peace from its sins.” More than a century later, many of the very same national sins – those tied to the same anti-Black racism – still abound. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor are merely the most visible reminders of them. We are still searching for this elusive national peace. As historians we are committed to following in the footsteps of Du Bois and using our scholarship, teaching, and community outreach to foster a more just and equitable society. “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future,” declared Frederick Douglass in 1852. “But now,” he then added, “is the time, the important time…You have no right to enjoy a child’s share in the labor of your fathers, unless your children are to be blessed by your labors.” We agree.

Congratulations to Dr. Roman Kovalev and Christopher Loos for their Conference Presentation!

  On September 30, Dr. Roman Kovalev and junior history major Christopher Loos traveled to Rome to present their paper, Viking-Rus’ Mercenaries in the Byzantine-Arab Syrian Wars of the 950s-960s: the Numismatic Evidence, at the 5th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coinage in Rome, Italy.  Congratulations to both! Continue Reading

Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Fisher and Dr. Robert McGreevey on the Publication of Global America!

The history department is excited to announce that Global America, The United States in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2018) has just been published. Global America tells the story of how Americans were swept up in the swift-moving currents of twentieth-century world history. The book grew out of the life work and scholarship of the late historian Alan… Continue Reading

Dr. Matthew Bender Receives Contract for Upcoming Book for 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Bender on receiving a contract for his monograph, entitled Water Brings No Harm: Management Knowledge and the Struggle for the Waters of Kilimanjaro. The book will be published in 2019 in the prestigious series, New African Histories at Ohio University Press. Dr. Bender’s project was supported by the Gitenstein-Hart Sabbatical Prize… Continue Reading