2017 Annual Meeting and Symposium

- North Carolina and the Great War -

Part II

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
Saturday, May 12, 2018


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Dr. Angela Robbins is an assistant professor in the Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies at Meredith College in Raleigh. She has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as at Salem College and Wake Forest University. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. History in 2010 from UNC-Greensboro where she specialized in women’s history. Her dissertation research examines strategies used by women in the North Carolina Piedmont to support themselves and their families in the unstable post-Civil War economy. She has presented papers addressing the status of women in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on southern women’s labor and activism, and, most recently, the home front during WWI. Her publications include “Alice Morgan Person: My life has been out of the ordinary run of woman’s life,” in Volume One of “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times” (University of Georgia Press, 2014) and “North Carolina’s Women ‘Do Their Bit’ on the Home Front” in the forthcoming volume “North Carolina and World War I” (University of Tennessee Press, 2018.)

Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Associate Professor of History at Campbell University earned his B.S. in Marine Transportation from the State University of New York Maritime College along with his merchant marine deck officer license (he currently holds an unlimited tonnage 2nd Mate), an M.A. in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in Military and Naval History at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Mercogliano was awarded Second Prize in the US Naval Institute 2015 Naval History Essay Contest with his paper, “Semper Sealift: The U.S. Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, and Maritime Prepositioning.”  His monogram, “Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Maritime Logistics in the Vietnam War” was published by the Naval History & Heritage Command and Naval Historical Foundation in 2017. 

He has taught at Methodist University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Military Academy.  He is an adjunct professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy offering a course in Maritime Industry Policy.  At Campbell University, he was named Professor of the year in 2012 and 2015, the recipient of the D. P. Russ Jr., and Walter S. Jones, Sr. Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, and he received the Excellence in Teaching faculty award from the College of Arts & Sciences.  He offers courses in Western Civilization, US History, American Military Experience, Civil War, World Maritime History, Maritime Security, Regional Terrorism, and Insurgency.

Janet Hudson earned a BA from Middle Tennessee State University and her MA and Ph. D from the University of South Carolina. She is two-time winner of the Stephen L. Dalton Distinguished Teacher Award and faculty professional development facilitator with USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence.

Her book, “Entangled by White Supremacy: Reform in World War I-Era South Carolina” was published by University Press of Kentucky in 2009 and won the 2010 George C. Rogers, Jr. Award for Best Book on South Carolina History.  

Her current research project explores African American soldiers who served in World War I. Digital Humanities Project: “Black Soldiers Mattered: North Carolina’s Unheralded African American Soldiers from the Great War”

She has two forthcoming book chapters: “The Great War and Expanded Equality?: Black Carolinians Test Boundaries” in “The American South and the Great War, 1914-1924,” (Louisiana State University Press, 2017) and “Black North Carolinian Soldiers in the Great War: A Microcosm of the National African American Experience,” in “North Carolina During the First World War, 1914-1922,” (University of Tennessee Press, 2018).

R. Jackson Marshall III, Deputy Director of the Division of State History Museums, received his BA and MA (History) from Wake Forest University.  His thesis focusing on the personal experiences of North Carolina Doughboys in World War I, was expanded and published in 1998 as "Memories of World War I, North Carolina Doughboys on the Western Front".  Mr. Marshall is an authority on World War I and teaches courses on the subject.  He was instrumental in the development of the new museum exhibit on North Carolina's role in World War I now open in the North Carolina Museum of History.