Austin R. Justice
Austin was Allen C. Guelzo Chair of History at JKC from 2015-16. An avid student of the social sciences and humanities, Austin was our Student Founder -- working for two years to establish JKC at BCHS. In addition, he was the original designer of our website. He was responsible for writing our induction ceremony, selecting our JKC Alumni Song, organizing events, naming the chapter, and much more.
Austin is an aspiring historian. He was one of three national 2015 Lincoln Forum Students Scholars, and the only person nationally to receive a scholarship to the 2015 Lincoln Colloquium and an invitation to the 2016 Abraham Lincoln Association Banquet & Symposium.
He graduated from BCHS in May 2016 with Highest Distinction as Class Historian. Currently, he studies history and classics at the University of Illinois. Below are a few of his accolades.
What I'm Doing Now
I'm currently an undergraduate Burkhardt Scholar and LAS Humanities & Social Sciences Scholar at the University of Illinois studying history and classics with special interest in the histories of race, slavery, and abolition in the 19th century. Beyond the classroom, I'm the website designer/administrator for the Big Sandy Heritage Center in my hometown of Pikeville. In summer 2016, I joined the digitization team at the Kentucky Historical Society (where I'm returning this summer) and have since joined U of I's unique digital humanities initiative SourceLab as an editorial board member. Elsewhere, I served as the 2016-17 Bastian Undergraduate Research Assistant at IPRH and continue to run the website for JKC.
• 2015 Lincoln Forum Student Scholar
• Class of 2016 Distinguished Leader
• Representative DeMolay Award
• National Spanish Honor Society
• Peters, William. Military Court Proceedings. 1794. Print. (Digitized).
• Letton, James Ezra. James Ezra Letton Papers. 1844. Archival Material. (Digitized).
• Kentucky Historical Society digitization volunteer.
• DeMolay Past Master Councilor
• Save the Illinois State Museum supporter.
• Big Sandy Heritage Center Civil War Era specialist volunteer
Austin's Senior Quote
“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - A. Lincoln.
Book Suggestions by Austin
- Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Michael Burlingame.
- After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War by Gregory P. Downs.
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.
- American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s by Don H. Doyle (editor).
- American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era by David W. Blight.
- An ABC of Queen Victoria's Empire: Or a Primer of Conquest, Dissent and Disruption by Antoinette Burton.
- A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn.
- The Annotated Lincoln by Harold Holzer and Thomas Horrocks (editors).
- Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War by Elizabeth R. Varon.
- Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery by Leon Litwack.
- Civil Wars: A History in Ideas by David Armitage.
- Classical Greece by C.M. Bowra.
- The Declaration of Independence: A Global History by David Armitage.
- Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 by Elizabeth R. Varon.
- Egypt, Greece, and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean by Charles Freeman.
- The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner.
- History: A Very Short Introduction by John Arnold.
- In Defense of the Indians by Bartolome de Las Casas.
- Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation by Allen C. Guelzo.
- Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion by Harold Holzer.
- Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin.
- Mourning Lincoln by Martha Hodes.
- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass.
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.
- Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David W. Blight.
- Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner.
- The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition by Manisha Sinha.
Historic Sites & Museums Suggestions by Austin
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum - Springfield, Illinois
- The American Civil War Museum - Richmond, Virginia & Appomattox, Virginia
- Appomattox Court House National Historical Park - Appomattox, Virginia
- The British Museum - London, England, United Kingdom
- Chicago History Museum - Chicago, Illinois
- Civil War Museum of the Western Theater - Bardstown, Kentucky
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Edwards Place - Springfield, Illinois
- Fort Massac State Park - Metropolis, Illinois
- Gettysburg National Military Park - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Illinois Old State Capitol - Springfield, Illinois
- Kentucky Old State Capitol - Frankfort, Kentucky
- Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site - Petersburg, Illinois
- Lincoln-Herndon Law Office - Springfield, Illinois
- Lincoln Heritage Museum - Lincoln, Illinois
- Lincoln Home National Historic Site - Springfield, Illinois
- Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site - Springfield, Illinois
- My Old Kentucky Home State Park - Bardstown, Kentucky
- Old St. Louis County Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri
- The Oriental Institute - Chicago, Illinois
- Pamplin Historical Park - Petersburg, Virginia
- Vandalia State House Historic Site - Vandalia, Illinois