The Forum: Journal of History

Current Issue: Volume 14, Issue 1 (2022) Spring 2022

Editor’s Note

In my experience, historical research is about as close as we can get to time travel. When we interpret artifacts of the past, we become the living vessels—the messengers—for people’s stories. The articles included in this year’s edition of The Forum reflect Cal Poly History students’ commitment to honoring these stories. Nine stellar students dedicated their time and energy to composing the works which you are about to read. And let me tell you, writing for history is not a simple task. To prepare their final drafts for the journal, students spent any length of time between weeks and months diving into the archives, analyzing primary and secondary sources, drafting, and completing many rounds of revisions. As a result, we have the opportunity to show you some of the innovative work we get to do in our History classes. This journal, however, would not exist without the department’s outstanding faculty and staff. We thank each of these individuals for building diverse and inspiring curriculum, submitting professor recommendations, and encouraging students to hone their unique voices. We send a special thank you to our faculty advisor Dr. Lewis Call and department administrative staff Denna Zamarron and Celine Realica for providing exceptional support throughout this process. Finally, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the The Forum’s editorial board. These four editors’ thoughtful and constructive comments were instrumental in selecting student works and crafting the final product of the journal. I hope you enjoy this year’s edition of The Forum.

Katie Cederborg
Executive Editor, The Forum

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Executive Editor
Katie Cederborg
Assistant Editors
Sarah McCandless
Nishanth Narayan
Julia Taylor
Emily Webb