Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review

Founded in 1992, the Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review is a peer-reviewed journal published by the history graduate students of Western Carolina University. We consider essays, book reviews, and exhibition reviews for publication from students who are currently pursuing an MA in history at colleges and universities throughout the Southeastern United States. It is our mission to present the best work that MA students have to offer, while simultaneously giving graduate students quality experience in academic publishing.


Spring 2021 – Volume XXVII

The twenty-seventh volume of the Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review goes to publication at a time when the world continues to suffer from the devastating effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, colleges and universities have had to adjust to new course delivery methods, and students have faced new challenges in addition to the normal rigors associated with higher learning. Despite these hardships, researchers continue to publish fascinating new studies that illuminate our understanding of history.

Spring 2020 – Volume XXVI

The twenty-sixth volume of the Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review goes to publication during an unconventional and heartbreaking time in American history.

Presently, the COVID-19 pandemic is altering life in ways unforeseen. As Americans and those around the world deal with this tragedy, life goes on.

Despite online classes, closed dormitories, and an abrupt halt to the normalcy of campus life, the Tuck presses forward. 

Spring 2019 – Volume XXV

The editors of the Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review proudly present the twenty-fifth edition of the student-run journal.

Although 25 is a significant anniversary, the goal of the “Tuck” remains the same as ever: to publish the work of history students and show off the learning and research happening in WCU’s History Department.

In some ways, this year’s edition is unique, however. 

Master of Arts in History at Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University’s Master of Arts in History program meets the needs of students preparing for careers in archives and museums, pursuing doctoral work in the humanities, moving into community college or university teaching, preparing for law or government service, and expanding their teaching repertoire for the secondary school classroom.

Our program features small seminars taught by active and accomplished scholars. Students receive significant faculty mentoring and enjoy substantial opportunities for individual research. Our students also work with faculty as graduate assistants, maintain their own professional journal, present papers at conferences, and enjoy stimulating intellectual discussions both inside and outside the classroom.

Program strengths include the history of the American South, Public History, Appalachian Studies, and Cherokee and Native American history.


Many of our students receive graduate assistantships, providing both financial support and significant professional experience. Graduate assistants work as tutors in the university’s Writing Center, researchers with department faculty, museum staff at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center, and teaching assistants in undergraduate history classes.

For more information, visit our program website or contact Elizabeth McRae, graduate program director, at mcrae@wcu.edu or 828.227.3481


Contact Us

Elizabeth McRae
Graduate Program Director and TVHR Faculty Advisor