Ibid. Student Journal
Welcome to the current volume of Ibid. A Student History Journal, published by the Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at TWU. Celebrating eleven years of publishing the best in graduate and undergraduate scholarship, Ibid.’s current volume continues the journal’s strong tradition of faculty and student collaboration.
In 2017, the national office of Phi Alpha Theta awarded this journal the prestigious Gerald Nash Journal Prize for the fourth consecutive year. This national award recognized TWU students for their superlative efforts in creating a professional journal. At the same time, the national office of Phi Alpha Theta named the Eta Nu Chapter a “Best Chapter” for the sixth year in a row.
Thanks to a generous private endowment, Ibid. was able to award two prizes for the “Best Papers” appearing in this volume. Named after long-time TWU professor Valentine J. Belfiglio, these prizes, awarded to Megan Joblin and Aaron James Whiting, reward excellent scholarship and writing.
In addition to featuring our Belfiglio Prize winners’ essays, this year’s volume includes featured forum departments examining the elusive identities of Benjamin Franklin and gender roles in Revolutionary America. Celebrating more than a decade of publishing the best in student research and writing, the editors of Ibid.: A Student History Journal proudly invite you to enjoy our 11th volume.