History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Peter Moore

Professor of History
Chair, Department of Humanities 

Contact Information:
 Faculty Center - Rm 259
 Mailing Unit - 5814
 Phone: (361) 825-3495
 E-mail: peter.moore@tamucc.edu

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RESEARCH INTERESTS:
 Early American History
 American Religious History

EDUCATION:
 B.A., East Tennessee State University, 1983
 Ph.D, University of Georgia, 2001

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

Too many students see history as a series of facts only loosely related to each other and mostly irrelevant to their lives. As a professor my goal is to help students make sense of these facts and, hopefully, to find some way to relate the past to their own world, in other words, to help them engage the past. In practical terms, I approach this task by framing my lessons in the form of questions and using the facts to tease out answers. History then becomes something you do, not just something you study; it is a problem to be solved, not a sequence of events to commit to memory; it is active, fun, exciting, and relevant, not tedious, boring, and remote. When students begin to engage at this level, the past comes alive, and they learn to ask their own questions. In my mind, this is the goal of a liberal arts education: to teach students to ask their own questions and give them the skills to find answers, so that wherever life leads them, they are equipped to be problem-solvers.

PUBLICATIONS:

Works in Progress:

I am in the early research stage of a history of Scotland's Stuarts Town colony in seventeenth-century South Carolina.

Books:

Archibald Simpson’s Unpeaceable Kingdom: The Ordeal of Evangelicalism in the Colonial South. Lexington Press/Rowman Littlefield, 2018.  

The South Carolina Diary of Reverend Archibald Simpson 2 volumes.  University of South Carolina Press, 2012

 World of Toil and Strife: Community Transformation in Backcountry South Carolina, 1750-1805, University of South Carolina Press, 2007.

Articles:

"The Usable Death and the Politics of Dying in the Late-Colonial South Carolina Lowcountry," chapter in an edited collection on Death in the South, ed. Craig Friend and Lorri Glover (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

“Archibald Simpson and the Care of Souls in Lowcountry South Carolina: Sustaining Evangelical Communities between Awakenings,” Journal of Presbyterian History, 90, 2 (Fall/Winter 2012): 60-71.

"Religious Radicalism in the Colonial Southern Backcountry," Journal of Backcountry Studies, 2006

"The Local Origins of Allegiance in Revolutionary South Carolina: The Waxhaws as a Case Study," South Carolina Historical Magazine, 2006

 "Family Dynamics of the Great Revival: Religious Conversion in the South Carolina Piedmont," Journal of Southern History, 2004

 "The Mysterious Death of William Richardson: Kinship, Female Vulnerability, and the Myth of Supernaturalism in the Southern Backcountry," North Carolina Historical Review, 2003

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

 Faculty Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity Award, 2012-13

 College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

 Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M System, Spring 2012

 Joe B. Frantz Endowed Chair in History, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2010-2013

 George C. Rogers, Jr. Award for best book in South Carolina History, South Carolina Historical Society, 2007

 Finalist, 2001 C. Vann Woodward Award for Best Dissertation in Southern History, Southern Historical Society

COURSES OFFERED:
U.S. History to 1865
Colonial and Revolutionary America
The Early American Republic
History of World Religions
Graduate Seminar: Early America
Graduate Seminar: Religion and Society in Early America