The Earlham Historical Journal
LETTER OF INTRODUCTION BY IAN CROSS
The second issue of the Earlham Historical Journal sees the full implementation of the two-
semester production cycle. In the first issue in the spring of 2009 there was an open call for
submissions from the Earlham student body, and the articles published in that issue came out of a
variety of Earlham courses. This second issue is made up entirely of senior papers from the spring
2009, mostly from the Earlham Senior History Seminar. The editorial board contacted the now-
graduated seniors from last year and invited them to submit their theses. This publication cycle will
continue in future issues: an open call for submissions in the spring semester, and submission from
senior history theses and research papers in the fall. The Journal’s editorial board feels strongly that
the opportunity for graduating seniors to share their most sophisticated work from their career at
Earlham is an important aspect of the mission of the Earlham Historical Journal.
The connection between the seniors represented in this issue and its dedication is significant.
This issue is dedicated to the memories of Earlham Professors of History Peter Cline and Bob
Southard, who both passed away suddenly during the 2008-2009 academic year. The graduated
senior class of 2009 took many classes with Peter and Bob, and to share the work of this class is to
celebrate the influence of these professors’ instruction.
This second issue of the Earlham Historical Journal features three articles from alumni
Johanna Pastel, Caitlin Tracey and Hannah White. Hannah’s senior thesis, “‘Drafting the Blueprint
of History:’ Revisiting a Myth with The Sorrow and the Pity,” examines the role of memory and myth in
Vichy and post-War France regarding the war years and the Resistance, as exemplified by Marcel
Ophuls’s 1969 documentary. Caitlin submitted “Poetry as Monument: Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s
‘Babi Yar’ and its Impact on Memory,” a paper from a Ford/Knight research course concerned with
memory and history. Both of these works focus on the Second World War and the interactions
between mythology, history and memory. “Women Pirates: Circulations of Power and Anxiety in
the Early 18th Century Atlantic,” Johanna’s senior thesis, also considers the nature of writing history
in its examination of female pirates, gender roles and the imperial project.
These three articles are all excellent examples of undergraduate scholarship. But they are
also valuable in the challenges they present to conventional histories, and for the aspects of
academic discourse they probe. Included at the end of each article is a selected bibliography for
your own investigations of the most important works for the author’s scholarship.
On behalf of the editorial board,