History Students Represent University at Conference

Three senior History students recently participated in the regional Phi Alpha Theta History Honor society conference at SUNY Plattsburgh. All three students excelled with their creative pieces and represented the University well with their talent and professionalism.

Amanda Begin was awarded a prize for her paper titled “A New Champion in the Ranks of Freedom: Vermont Whigs React to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.”

Alex Adams received an honorable mention for his paper “The white inhabitants wished relief from the horrors of continual alarms:' The British Empire, Planter Politics, and the Agency of Jamaican Slaves and Maroons,” described by his panel commentator as "superb." He was also encouraged to expand his paper into a book.

Jeff Bruce received an honorable mention for his paper “A Young Republic Under Attack: Political and Social Reactions of Rutland county, Vermont.” His panel commentator declared this paper to be the best micro-history she had read in ten years.