About Exploring U.S. History (HIST 1483 and HIST 1493)

Understanding the past, including the unique rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, is essential for our collective future. These courses will introduce you to the means and methods of original research, and will enhance your ability to articulate your own ideas and arguments-- both orally and in writing. These skills should serve you well throughout your academic and professional careers. We look forward to working with you!

James Hart, History Department Chair, University of Oklahoma

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David W. Levy Prize for Writing in the U.S. History Survey

Congratulations to OU student Abigail Terselic, whose “Survey of the Marine Corps as a Distinct Branch of the United States Military—from 1775 to 1805” won the David W. Levy Prize for Fall 2016. Ms. Terselic’s paper draws on congressional records and historical newspapers to show how the demands of amphibious warfare and naval policing forged the elite status of the Marine Corps among the new nation’s armed forces.

Congratulations as well to the other finalists for the Levy Prize in Fall 2016: Kathryn Lynn, “Edwin C. DeBarr and the University of Oklahoma’s Responses from 1923-1988”, and Madison Diring, “Women and the Civil War: The Denial of Gender Assumptions.” Their research makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of U.S. History and models excellent writing for future students of American history.

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