Swenson Arnold honored with "Excellence in History" award

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2016-04-13 10:49:58 - General

Coe Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold recently received an "Excellence in History" award presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Board of Trustees. Participants in the Iowa Capitol ceremony included Rep. Art Staed (left), Sen. Liz Mathis, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Brie Swenson Arnold and Gov. Terry Branstad.
Coe Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold recently received an "Excellence in History" award presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Board of Trustees. Participants in the Iowa Capitol ceremony included Rep. Art Staed (left), Sen. Liz Mathis, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Brie Swenson Arnold and Gov. Terry Branstad.

Coe College Associate Professor of History Brie Swenson Arnold is the winner of the 2016 Mildred Throne - Charles Aldrich Award presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) Board of Trustees. The award was presented to Swenson Arnold by Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and SHSI representatives in an April 5 ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol.

The annual award recognizes the author of the most significant article on Iowa history published in a professional history journal during the previous calendar year. It is named in honor of Mildred Throne, longtime editor of the Iowa Journal of History and Politics, and Charles Aldrich, who founded the third series of the Annals of Iowa.

Swenson Arnold was honored for writing "An Opportunity to Challenge the 'Color Line': Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Women's Activism in late Nineteenth-Century Cedar Rapids, Iowa," which was published in the spring 2015 volume of the scholarly journal Annals of Iowa. Some of the research for the article originated during two summers of faculty-student research that Swenson Arnold conducted with Coe students Emily Weber '13, Mia Phifer '15 and Cinnamon Moore '16 on the women's, African American and labor histories of Cedar Rapids.

In the article, Swenson Arnold uncovers the story of seven African American women who challenged racial segregation and discrimination in women's employment at a garment factory in Cedar Rapids in 1897, and sets that effort thoroughly in the context of the racial, ethnic and gender context of the turn-of-the-twentieth-century U.S.

Swenson Arnold specializes in U.S. social, cultural and political history and teaches courses in African American history, women's history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and early American history.