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May 2008

Release Date: May 13, 2008

ASU History Major Earns Award for Paper on Female Legal Pioneer

Angelo State University senior history major Cathy Fritsche of San Angelo has been awarded first place for best undergraduate history paper in the George Wolfskill U.S. History Division of the E.C. Barksdale Essays in History Competition.

Fritsche is the first ASU student to receive the prestigious award sponsored by the Phi Alpha Theta chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington. The award includes a $200 honorarium and the opportunity to publish the article in an online journal.

Her paper, “Mabel Walker Willebrandt and Anglo-American Tensions during Prohibition,” examined how Willebrandt's efforts to enforce domestic prohibition created tensions between the U.S. and Great Britain as well as between the U.S. Departments of State and Justice. Willebrandt was the second woman to be appointed assistant U.S. attorney general, a position she held from 1921-29.

Fritsche presented the paper at the 2008 Biennial Convention of Phi Alpha Theta in Albuquerque. The paper resulted from a course on Anglo American relations Fritsche took under ASU history Professor Dr. Shirley Eoff.