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Department of History


Kenneth E. Peters

Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences


  • B.A. Albion College
  • M.A. the University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. the University of Michigan


Professor Ken Peters teaches United States history and has special interest in late 19th century and 20th century United States history; Constitutional, political, and social history; South Carolina history; Michigan history, and American Studies. Professor Peters regularly teaches teaches HIST 112 “U.S. History since 1865” (a survey course), HIST 406 “U.S. & World at War, 1917-1945,” and other undergraduate history courses. His scholarly writings include: The Good-Roads Movement and the Michigan State Highway Department, 1905-1917 (Ph.D. dissertation), "First-Hand Observations of the Charleston, SC, Earthquake of August 31, 1886," and "Other Earthquake Materials," Bulletin 41, SC Geological Survey, 1986, and “The Breadbox Letters: Howard E. Merrill and the YMCA in Russia, 1917-1919”in Torch for fall 2001. Ken also researched, wrote, and recorded ninety two-minute-long messages treating the Constitutional Convention and the Constitution that were broadcast over SC Educational Radio from June to September 17, 1987.


I have been reading historical articles and viewing historical materials on the television and the Internet both to enrich my own knowledge and to convey pertinent information to my students. Following retirement in June 2006, I intend to complete work on a book on the 1886 Charleston Earthquake and pursue additional research on the life and times of former SC governor John Carl West.

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