We recently interviewed George Lea, a MALS graduate. George is currently a teacher and coach. He talked with us about his MALS experience, research, and advice for current students. An excerpt from his thesis, Taylor Field: A Diamond in the Rough, was recently published in the latest issue of the Jefferson County Historical Quarterly. Further excerpts are slated to be published soon so keep a look out for this distinguished alum!
Tell us a little bit about your thesis and the areas you studied in MALS.
In my thesis, Taylor Field: A Diamond in the Rough, I researched the construction, early use, and unique aspects of Taylor Field, a baseball field located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The facility was constructed in 1939 using WPA funds and was used by both professional and amateur baseball clubs, including about a dozen Negro League games in 1940. It was also utilized by political figures as a stage for launching campaigns and hosting debates in the 1940’s-1950’s. My two fields of study, political science and history, tied all of these aspects together. Read more »