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Three Grad Students Present Research Papers at 2010 Missouri Valley History Conference

Mar 8, 2010

Two current M.A. students in WIU's History Department, Aaron Davis of Rock Falls, and Robert Deveraux of Macomb, and one recent graduate of the M.A. program, Austin Schwartz of Burlington, Iowa, gave research presentations at the 53rd Annual Missouri Valley History Conference in March 2010 at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Aaron Davis presented his paper, entitled "Welcome to the Jungle: Environmental Impact of the Chicago Stockyards, 1879-1930," based on research supervised by Dr. Greg Hall, Associate Pofessor and Graduate Director in the History Department. Mr. Davis's paper was part of the conference's "Pollution, Poverty, and Urban Services" paper session, for which Dr. Thomas Gubbels of Lincoln University served as Commentator. Mr. Davis also recently published his article, "Christian Politics: The Creation of a Moral Voting Base in the U.S. and South Africa, 1980-2008," in the February/March 2010 issue of Infinity Journal

Rob Deveraux, a Graduate Assistant in the History Department at WIU, presented his paper on "America's Pirate Squadron: The Algerine Tribute Vessels, 1796-1798," as part of a panel on "Military Logistics, Equipment, and Supply" sponsored by the Society for Military History. The Commentator for the paper session was George Easton, the Command Historian for the U.S. Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Illinois. Mr. Deveraux is completing his master's thesis this semester under the direction of Dr. Walter Kretchik, Associate Professor of History.

Austin Schwartz, who earned his M.A. in History with distinction from WIU in May 2009, presented his paper on "Answering the Phantom Call: The Creation of the Roosevelt Division," as part of the conference's "American History Roundtable" session. Mr. Schwartz was the Dykstra Graduate Scholar in the History Department from 2007 to 2009, after earning his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, in Spring 2007. He completed his master's thesis under the direction of Dr. Kretchik.

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