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Lucas Peed and Noah Shuler, both graduates of the Wilson Christian Academy, class of 2014, were selected to represent their respective universities and present research papers at the Phi Alpha Theta 2018 biennial convention in New Orleans.
Phi Alpha Theta, an American honor society of over 400,000 undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history, met in New Orleans to help celebrate the 300th anniversary of that historic city.
In his presentation, “Echoes of the Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina,” Peed explored how the Civil War and Reconstruction shaped the political, demographic and economic landscape of eastern North Carolina. “(I want) to understand and consider what affected the thinking and ideas of those in the past and keep those ideas in context,” Peed stated via email. “After completing a research project, I often feel like I actually know the person that I was studying. I chose this topic because eastern North Carolina seems to have retained much of its Postbellum culture. This project was one of the most enjoyable that I have completed because it was writing about home.”
Peed, who represented Liberty University at the Phi Alpha Theta Convention in New Orleans, is currently working on his master’s degree in history, also at Liberty. He has worked during summer breaks as an interpreter at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia.
Shuler, who represented East Carolina University at the convention, titled his paper “The American Civil War and its Effects on Religiosity in North Carolina.” Shuler summarized, “There is still so much we do not know about North Carolina’s religious development because so much of the historical record is obscured. We need researchers to continue to study the period to clarify our understanding.”
Shuler, who will graduate from ECU in May with a bachelor’s degree in history education, is a finalist for Outstanding Senior in his field. He has been accepted into the ECU graduate school to begin a master’s degree in history and continue researching the religious history of North Carolina. He has been awarded a graduate assistantship at ECU.
Both Peed and Shuler earned college history credits in high school while taking Advanced Placement history classes at Wilson Christian Academy.