History Professor Van Gosse is one of four F&M faculty who reflect on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in an article for the College website. "John Kennedy's death fascinates because it has no logic," he says. "President Lincoln died as an act of retribution in the name of the defeated Confederacy. James Garfield was a political target: Anarchists killed lots of political leaders in those years, all over Europe. But Oswald? We don’t know what to make of him, with his wanderings." Click here to read the full article.
On Nov. 4, 2013, author and researcher Nick Turse told a Franklin & Marshall College audience that the 1968 attack on My Lai and My Khe -- at the time believed to be an isolated incident -- was one of hundreds of such assaults on the Vietnamese by American soldiers, resulting in the murder of thousands of civilians. Turse's talk was the third of four in the "Irregular Wars" lecture series developed by History Professor Van Gosse. Click here to read the story on the College website.
Krissy Montville '14 (left), a History minor, and Rick Thoeben '15, a History major, worked on a project to digitize the records of the Junior League of Lancaster during the summer of 2013. They worked with History and American Studies Professor Louise Stevenson as part of the Hackman Scholars program. Click here to read the story on the College website.
From the American Revolution to World War II, to Syria and Afghanistan today, armies have contended with "irregulars" -- fighters who conceal themselves among the citizen population and launch "hit-and-run" attacks on their targets, according to F&M History Professor Van Gosse. He created a seminar-style course for F&M students and a public lecture series to delve into the history and politics of these tactics. "Irregular War: Guerrillas, Partisans, Bandits, and Mujahedeen" examines the history, theory, and practice of guerilla warfare and counter-insurgency throughout the modern era. Click here to read the story.
Two students from England's University of Chichester visited Franklin & Marshall College in June 2013, delving into America's past as part of the student exchange program between the two institutions' history departments. In this photo, John Scott Fitzgerald (right) and Ian McDevett meet with History and American Studies Professor Louise Stevenson to discuss their research. Click here to read the story.