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Justin Ball

February 2018 History Dept Spotlight - Justin Ball

Justin Ball | Catching the Chain Exhibit

Justin Ball earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas State University in December of 2015 and entered the MA in History with a concentration in public history the following semester. Justin’s historical research focuses on the role that Texas played as a source of arms and ammunition during the Mexican Revolution and US Imperialism in Latin America in the late 19th and early 20th century. He previously worked on the design team for the exhibit entitled Land without Borders: The Comanche Range which was on display at Brazos Hall in fall 2016. Last semester, he curated an exhibition for the 2017 Texas State Common Experience theme “The Search for Justice: Our Response to Crime in the 21st Century” entitled Catching the Chain: Life and Death in Texas Prisons 1845-2017. Catching the Chain surveys the history of the Texas prison system from Texas’ early statehood to the present and highlights how and why Texas prisons have gained a reputation for being the largest and most notorious in the nation. Catching the Chain was on view from mid-October through December 15 on the first floor of Alkek Library.  Images from the project can be found on the Public History website.

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