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Dr. J. Franklin Williamson


Assistant Professor of History


About me:
    I research and write about 20th-century German history, and I teach classes on European history and American history. Whether you are history major or just taking my class to graduate, I want you to explore the past but also think about what meaning(s) that past might hold for the present, and why.

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Curriculum vitae

Contact information:
Russell Hall 103C
Gordon State College
419 College Drive
Barnesville, GA 30204


Courses I teach:
Summer 2017 courses:

HIST 2111-A American History to 1865 (Online)

Summer 2017 Office Hours:
MW 7:30-8:30am (Online)

Fall 2017 courses:
HIST 1121-J History of Western Civilization to 1650 (TR 9:30-10:45)
HIST 2111-A American History to 1865 (Online)
HIST 2111-C American History to 1865 (MW 9:30-10:45)
HIST 2112-A American History from 1865 (Online)
HIST 3400 The Renaissance and the Reformation (MW 11:00-12:15)

Fall 2017 Office Hours
M 8:30-9:30, 1:00-2:00 (Online),
T 8:30-9:30, 10:45-12:15,
W 8:30-9:30, 1:00-2:00 (Online),
R 8:30-9:30, 10:45-12:15

About my teaching:
    In my class,  we will explore history while also learning how to "do" history.  Through lectures, discussions, primary documents, and films, we will survey the broad outline of wars, revolutions, cultural changes, and popular movements. Then we will dig a little deeper, closely reading primary sources and thinking critically about how their words and ideas complicate the "big picture." After you have had some practice finding facts and interacting with pieces of history on your ownyou will have a chance to use those facts to form an interpretation, presenting your conclusions to your classmates.  Finally, I will ask you to hone your writing skills by refining your ideas, structuring an argument, and mustering evidence in support of their interpretation.  Click here for more information.

Selected past syllabi:
HIST 1121 History of Western Civilization to 1650 (Spring 2017)
HIST 1122 History of Western Civilization from 1650 (Spring 2016)
HIST 2111 American History to 1865 (Spring 2017)
HIST 2112 American History from 1865 Online (Fall 2016)
HIST 4300 History of Modern Germany

About my research:
    My research centers on collective memory and public mourning practices for the Second World War dead in both West German and East Germany, from the 1940s until the 1970s.  Currently, I am working on a book tracing the history of state-sanctioned memorial holidays and the debates over which war victims' experiences warranted official recognition. Click here for more information

Links: Berlin Holocaust Memorial
    The following list is a collection of websites that include professional organizations, research foundations or archives, educational initiatives, and avenues for bringing history into the public conversations.  Since these resources are not affiliated with Gordon State College, clicking on the links will take you away from the College's website.  But feel free to explore them -- you might learn something new!

American Historical Association
German Historical Institute
German Studies Association
Society for Military History

German Language:
Goethe Institut

Historical Research:
Library of Congress
National Archives and Records Administration

Historical Education: Treptow Part Memorial
AHA's Tuning Project
AP European History
AP World History
Backstory with the American History Guys
CSPAN American History
Digital NC
German History in Documents and Images Berlin Airlift memorial
The Internet History Sourcebook
The Memory Palace
National History Day
New Georgia Encyclopedia
The So-What Question
The Vault
The Way of Improvement Leads Home Podcast

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