Brick by Brick strives to provide a space for graduate students, faculty and alumni to share ongoing research, exchange ideas and resources, and explore topics through the research of their peers. We feature contributions from all aspects of the discipline, academic or professional, especially those concerning the contemporary ramifications and relevance of historical scholarship. Read more.
Drawing Democracy: North Carolina’s Gerrymandering History
As courts consider North Carolina’s voting districts, we review the long history of gerrymandering in the state.
Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse: Turning Oral Histories into Short Films
Beyond the transcript, oral history interviews have a second life as primary sources for short films.
Interview with Dr. Linda Jacobs
An interview with Dr. Linda Jacobs on her talk at NC State “Creating Illusions: Arabs in America’s Fairs, 1876-1896,” which discussed the role of Syrian performers, merchants, and travelers at world’s fairs in the late nineteenth-century.
On "A Case for Colonialism"
A review of the controversy surrounding “The Case for Colonialism,” which appeared in the journal Third World Quarterly in September.
Interview: Filmakers of "An Outrage: a documentary film about lynching in the American South"
This post is an interview with NC State History MA Student Andrew Sperling and filmmakers Lance Warren and Hannah Ayers. On September 19, 2017, they screened An Outrage for history students and interested visitors at NC State.
Legacy Contamination: Where the Rubble Hits the Road
Legacy Contamination: Where the Past is Present
Walls, Borders, and Crime: Addressing Complex Problems with Simple Solutions
Early French examples can provide instruction for America's current border problems, and show how complex problems do not have simple solutions.
Reinhold Niebuhr, Public Intellectuals, and the History Student
Famed theologian Reinhold Niebuhr's legacy serves as an example to history students interested in using their skills to influence society.