Volume 3 (2014)

Tenor of Our Times is an annual journal publishing the work of current and past Harding students on historical and social science topics. The title of the journal originates with the former chairman of the History and Social Science Department, Raymond Muncy, who often said “Historians reflect the tenor of their times.” Tenor of Our Times is a student-managed publication, supported by a faculty editorial board, designed to encourage undergraduate scholarship in understanding the past and present. The journal will include the winners of Raymond L. Muncy Scholarship from the previous academic year and other quality submissions.

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Spying On America
Courtney Hatfield


The Stability of Henry VII
B. Davis Barnhill

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Student Editorial Board

Mallory Pratt
Kate Scherer
John L. Frizzell


The Raymond L. Muncy Scholarship is a one-time financial award for those undergraduate students at Harding University majoring in History who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, research, and Christian character. The scholarship was created to honor the late Raymond L. Muncy, Chairman of the Department of History and Social Sciences from 1965-1993. His teaching, mentoring, and scholarship modeled the best in Christian education. Applied toward tuition, the award is granted over the span of a single academic year. The award is presented annually at the Department of History and Social Sciences Banquet.

Megan Sherk's "A Challenge of Faith: Why the Black Death Changed Europe’s View on the Church" and Esther Samuelson's "The Ranks of Israel: Warfare During the Reign of Saul" have been awarded the 2013 Raymond L. Muncy Scholarship.