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Foreign Diplomacy During Civil War Topic of UMobile’s Hinson Lecture Series

The nature of foreign diplomacy in the American Civil War is the topic of the ninth annual Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series at the University of Mobile.

The event will feature noted historian and author Dr. Howard Jones, professor of history at the University of Alabama. He will discuss “Republic in Peril: The Union-Confederate Battle over Foreign Recognition” on Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium on the UMobile campus.

The program, which includes the lecture, a reception, and a book signing, is free and open to the public.

According to Dr. Lonnie Burnett, professor of history at UMobile and director of the lecture series, Jones will examine the nature of foreign diplomacy in the American Civil War as well as the international implications of the otherwise domestic conflict.

After receiving his Ph.D. from Indiana University, Jones taught at the University of Nebraska before moving to the University of Alabama in 1974, where he chaired the Department of History in Tuscaloosa for eight years. He has received both the John F. Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching and research and the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award, and he instructs courses in American foreign relations and the U.S.-Vietnam War.

Jones has written and edited more than a dozen books, which together have won Phi Alpha Theta Book Awards, earned Pulitzer Prize nominations, and helped influence Stephen Spielberg movies, among other accolades.

The works include:

- “To the Webster-Ashburton Treaty: A study in Anglo-American Relations, 1782-1843”

- “Mutiny of the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American       Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy”

- “Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War”

- “Prologue to Manifest Destiny: Anglo American Relations in the 1840s”

- “Abraham Lincoln and a New Birth of Freedom: The Union and Slavery in the          Diplomacy of the Civil War”

- “Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations”

- (upcoming) “Into the Heart of Darkness: My Lai”

The University of Mobile College of Arts and Sciences established the Billy G. Hinson Series to present academic programs dealing with southern historical topics. The series is named in honor of Dr. Billy Hinson, long-time history professor at UMobile. For more information, contact Dr. Burnett at 251.442.2319 or

About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

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