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First Name
Last Name
Kentucky Historical Society
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Public history, Vietnam War era, Freedom Struggle, African American Kentucky, Black Power
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About Me

A Kentuckian by birth and by choice, Amanda L. Higgins earned her Ph.D. in American history from the University of Kentucky in 2013. She joined the staff of the Kentucky Historical Society as the Associated editor of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society in 2015 and is now KHS’s Community Engagement Administrator. Mandy works with communities throughout Kentucky to preserve and promote their histories. She is an expert on post-1945 United States and Kentucky history, with particular emphasis on the long Civil Rights Movement and anti-Vietnam War protest.

Recent Publications

“Investing in the Ecosystem,” with Patrick A. Lewis, History News: The Magazine of the American Association for State and Local History, Vol. 73, No. 1 (Winter 2018): 7–10.


“Learning to Live Together: Murray Atkins Walls’s Fight for a Fairer Louisville,” Nursing Clio Blog, January 26, 2017


“Dear Family: The Wartime Correspondence of Caruthers A. Coleman,” Kentucky Humanities, Fall 2016, 20–22.


“Mid-Twentieth Century Social Movements in Kentucky,” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society Vol. 113, Nos. 2-3 (Spring/Summer 2015): 575–89.


“Pathological Matriarchy?: Black Women, the Moynihan Report, and Black Power Antiwar Activism” in Liberating Minds…Liberating Society: Black Women in the Development of American Culture and Society ed. by Lopez D. Matthews, Jr. and Kenvi C. Phillips (Washington, DC: Association of Black Women’s Historians, 2014): 78–88.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Museums, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Women