All posts by Colleen J Coyle

A Personal Source Analysis

In my second ever history class, Dr. Jon Earle asked us to define a primary source and give some examples. We offered the typical response: letters, recordings, government documents, etc. He then asked us which primary sources existed that described our own lives At the time, this question bothered me. We weren’t historically relevant people, ...

There is No Mao-nopoly on Propaganda

Mao Zedong is famous for extensive use of propaganda in China during the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward, and often when historians talk about propaganda, China is one of the first examples discussed. While the examples of propaganda span the decades, propaganda also spans the world. There are excellent examples of British, French, ...

The Destruction of Reconstruction: An Intro

By Zamirah Hussain **Editor’s Note: This is one of several posts commissioned by our Spring 2019 intern, Colleen Coyle. Zamirah Hussain is a junior American Studies major interested in the intersection of race, gender, and popular culture.** The Reconstruction era following the Civil War held an unusual amount of progress for women and African-American people. ...

Graduate School 101 for the Curious History Major

I’ve already written a little about the decision between taking a gap year and jumping straight into graduate school, but once you answer that question you still have to decide where you might want to go after the gap year. I’ll provide a couple of questions that you might want to think about when making ...

Why Every History Major Should Seriously Consider the Gap Year

So having just returned from the Latin American Studies conference in Austin, graduate school is on my mind. I am taking time after graduation to serve in the PeaceCorps and I have been thinking a lot about why I made that decision. In this article, I am going to explain why I believe a gap ...

Spoiling the Spoils of War

Centre’s recent defeat in the SAA men’s basketball championship has left me contemplating why we  love to stuff our glass cabinets with bits of shiny metal. What is it about things acquired through competition and sweat that makes our hearts swell with victory or crash with defeat? It isn’t just the collection of artifacts that ...

Introductions!

Greetings!   My name is Colleen Coyle and I am the new CentreTrail intern! I can’t wait to dig into some great historical topics with you all. I am a Senior History major here at Centre with minors in Latin American Studies and Spanish so you can look forward to my best efforts to share ...