Department of History

Commemorating the 1964 Civil Rights Act & the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Noted civil rights activists Judy Richardson and Charles Cobb joined Professor Robert Forrant to discuss their involvement in the struggle for civil rights and voting rights.

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The History Department at UMass Lowell provides a broad introduction to civilizations of the past and present, including those of antiquity, Europe, America and the Third World. Read more...

The mill girls of Lowell represent one famous example of child labor, but what was childhood like in the millenia preceding the 19th century? Was childhood viewed as a distinct phase of life, or were they seen merely as little adults?
Prof. Christopher Carlsmith discusses his course on the history of childhood and provides preliminary answers. Watch More...
From the massive Lincoln Memorial to the tiny penny, Abraham Lincoln looms large in the history of the United States. Prof. Caryn Cossé Bell explores the legacy of our 16th President, explaining his political genius and his achievements in the midst of the Civil War. Watch More...
From 1920 to 1933, the Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the sale, production, and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States. Prof. Chad Montrie considers this grand (but ultimately unsuccessful) social experiment of Prohibition.
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The American Revolution is a signal event in our nation’s history, and changed the course of world history too. Prof. Shehong Chen analyzes the causes of the American Revolution in the late 18th century. Watch More...

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Please join us April 29 to celebrate the publication of Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir.
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