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Adam Presswood:

Skilled Historian, Researcher, Journalist & Writer

I am fascinated by the changes that took place in America and across much of the globe during the time period spanning the two world wars. In addition, I have long had an interest in war-time American leaders, and in their relationships with their European and British counterparts. As my studies continued, the Holocaust became a sub-specialty, and it continues to be so. Currently, my hope is to merge the skills and abilities that I have developed in multiple public history settings, as well as the writing skills that I developed in my prior career as a journalist, with my specific areas of historical interest. I would also like to teach, research, and publish as much of my own work as possible within the academic community.

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Eye of the beholder

WCHOF: Exhibit Samples

These samples are from an exhibit that I put together during my final semester in grad school (Spring 2020), when I was still working as a research assistant for the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF). I designed the exhibit as if it was scheduled to appear at the World Chess Hall of Fame, even though it was my exit project for graduation (though I wouldn't mind seeing it play at the museum one day). The exhibit was called "In the Eye of the Beholder."

Third Eye

War-time atrocities

UMSL: WWII Research Paper

This is the final draft of the research paper that I completed during my independent study at UMSL. I completed it during the pandemic shutdown in the spring of 2020. The project looked at statistical data to make comparisons and draw contrasts between the war-time atrocities committed by Hitler and those committed by Stalin during WWII.


It's been 52 years, are we ready to listen?

Newsletters: Missouri Historical Society

“Oh God, when is this violence going to stop?”

Those words might conceivably belong to any place and time, given humanity’s unfortunate tendencies toward hatred, cruelty, and destruction.  They are, however, fifty-two years old, and were spoken by Senator Robert Kennedy in response to the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April of 1968.


Comfort films for the historian

Newsletters: Missouri Historical Society

Well, I’m not sure there is a word that adequately describes the early moments of the summer of 2020 in the Presswood household.  Anticlimax seems too kind and gentle, disaster too severe and dramatic, and all terms in between are somehow not specific enough.  Graduate school is now over, and what would have been my graduation came and went nearly a month and a half ago.  Sheltering in place, at least in terms of a mandated policy, has all but ended, and American life is now said to have reopened (the accompanying spike in virus rates notwithstanding).  Taken at face value, these realties would ordinarily signal a much needed transition from rough and uncertain times to something more secure.  In my case, however, that type of security has been illusive, thanks largely to the failure to secure full-time employment and the loss of my car, both of which have forced me to temporarily leave the St. Louis area.

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The truth about Americans and baseball

Newsletters: Missouri Historical Society

In a March 26 USA Today editorial titled “During the Coronavirus Crisis, Americans Need Baseball,” Jenny Beth Martin and Rhonda Werry argue that “there isn’t any one sport quite like baseball to unite the American people.” The article, which is wonderfully written, highlights the role America’s national pastime has played in maintaining the nation’s collective psyche during times of crisis and tragedy, and laments the fact that the coronavirus, which certainly qualifies as a crisis, has kept Americans away from a game that has always been there to serve as a distraction from “ugly realities.”


More Samples

I'm not sitting out anymore dances!

Where’s the Majorette?

Shaw’s New Novel: A mixed bag for the serious historian

Suffrage gained and lost in Germany

Volunteer Highlight: Meet Adam Presswood

Catching up with Marc Hill

The Lasting Legacy of the Assasination of JFK

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