Cameron Givens

Cameron Givens

Cameron Givens

Graduate Student

givens.108@osu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy
  • Modern U.S. History
  • Race, Ethnicity and Nation
I am currently a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate broadly interested in military history and the history of the United States in the twentieth century. My dissertation, tentatively entitled “White Scare: Internal Enemies, the First World War, and the Making of Modern America, 1915-1924,” focuses on the role of internal enemy fears in the ascendance of nativism and racial nationalism in the early twentieth century. With a particular focus on rumors, I argue that stories of German spies, impending invasions, internal racial rebellions, and radical revolutions at home and abroad made the conflict an event of incredible emotional intensity for a country ostensibly perched on the margins of war. Many of these stories that Americans told themselves and one another resonated with regionally-specific racial fears, and ultimately served to diffuse notions of white supremacy throughout American society and embed them within the expanding structures of the state.
 
I am the author of “De la Border War à la Première Guerre mondiale : l’ennemi de l’intérieur « mexicain » au Texas, 1915-1918” [From the Border War to the First World War: The “Mexican” Internal Enemy in Texas, 1915-1918], forthcoming in 20 & 21. Revue d’histoire, a journal of modern history in France. I have also presented at several conferences, including at the 2019 annual meetings of the American Historical Association and the Society for Military History.
 
 

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