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Maxine Jones honored

Professor Maxine Jones was honored last week by Three Rivers Legal Services and Southern Legal Counsel for her work as principal investigator for the Rosewood Academic Study. In a week-long 1923 rampage, whites murdered eight black residents of Rosewood, Florida, burning the town to the ground, following a false accusation against a black man by a white woman. The Florida Legislature commissioned Prof. Jones' study, which led to reparations for Rosewood victims in 1994.

Avina Specters

Professor Alexander Aviña's Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press 2014) has been awarded the Maria Elena Martinez Mexican History Book Prize by the Conference on Latin American History. The prize is awarded annually for the book or article judged to be the most significant work on the history of Mexico published during the previous year. Congratulations, Alex!


Dr. Richard Bartlett, historian of the American West and professor of history at FSU for more than three decades, passed away in Knoxville last month. His obituary lists five books published before retirement, and five books written after retirement. Prof. Ed Wynot notes that "Dick was one of the nicest persons you could ever hope to meet, let alone work alongside. He didn't have a mean bone in his body, and was especially helpful to new faculty starting their academic careers." The department offers its condolences to his family, students, and friends.