Southeastern history students recognized
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HISTORY STUDENTS HONORED – From left, Cody Scallions, Owen Hyman, and History Professor Sam Hyde examine an old map of Louisiana in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Scallions’ thesis is being published in the “Florida Historical Quarterly,” and Hyman received the William S. Coker Award for the best graduate paper on Gulf South History.
HAMMOND – Two Southeastern Louisiana University graduate students in history –Owen Hyman of Talisheek and Cody Scallions of Springfield – have been recognized for individual accomplishments in historical research.
Hyman was awarded the William S. Coker Award for the best graduate paper on Gulf South History, while Scallions has been selected to have his thesis published in the “Florida Historical Quarterly.” Both students work in the university’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies housed in the Sims Memorial Library.
“Cody and Owen personify the type of students who work in the Center, creative, hard-working, emerging scholars who are excited about confronting challenges,” said Samuel Hyde, Leon Ford Professor of History and director of the Center. “Their research each tapped into previously little utilized sources in the Center, and their interpretive analysis was superb.”
The Coker Award is presented by the Gulf South Historical Association for the best graduate paper presented at the organization’s annual meeting. It was established in 1996 to honor the contributions of the long time professor of history at the University of West Florida. Hyman received a cash award and a plaque for his accomplishment.
His paper, “Company and Community: Crown Zellerbach, Integration, and the Limits of Corporate Responsibility,” examines the federal contract compliance agencies’ failures to enforce the equal employment provisions contained in President Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and President Johnson’s Executive Order 11246.
“Using evidence from Crown Zellerbach’s Bogalusa paper mill and conversion factories,” Hyman said, “the paper demonstrates that contradictions between the government’s voluntary compliance and contract-based enforcement policies allowed companies to shirk civil rights laws for more than a decade even as they retained lucrative federal contracts.”
Scallions is only one of a few graduate students to have their research published in the prestigious “Florida Historical Quarterly.” His thesis “The Rise and Fall of the Lone Star State: Infant American Imperialism Ascendant in West Florida,” is about the development of the West Florida Republic as an independent nation that was forcibly annexed by the emerging United States in 1810.
“The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies has been my crutch through the entire research and publication process,” Scallions said. “Their archives were consistently adding new collections or adding to existing collections that I used. Southeastern and its faculty, particularly Sam Hyde and Keith Finley, gave me the potential and material to reach my goals. Their guidance and knowledge presented me with the opportunity to get published.”
“Both Cody and Owen are contributing significantly to the study of the South’s most curious region, and I am certain that these honors are but the start of what is in store for each of these young men,” Hyde said.