Fifth Annual EARS Graduate Student Conference

Power and Democracy in Early America

Keynote Address by Dr. Andrew Shankman

May 10, 2019

The History Department at The Graduate Center, CUNY


Registration: 8:00am – 9:00am in the History Lounge, Room 5114

Session 1 (9:00am – 10:30am)

Panel 1: The Contested and the Creative in the History of ‘the American Conflict’ —Rm. 5409

Chair: Andrew Lang, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. David Reynolds, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“History-in-the-Bacon”: Bacon’s Rebellion and Memory-Making in American Print Media, 1865-1915

Julia Brown-Bernstein, University of Southern California

“Resist to the Last Extremity”: The Erosion of the Fugitive Slave Law in the Border States

Daniele Celano, University of Virginia

“A Noble Epic in Color”: Emanuel Leutz’s Capitol Mural in a Time of War

Elizabeth Kiszonas, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the University of Arkansas

The Panic of 1857 and the Political Crisis of the 1850s: The Crimean War, the Sepoy Mutiny, and the Role of Global Economic Contingency in the Coming of the American Civil War

Eric Sears, St. Louis University

Session 2 (10:45am – 12:15pm)

Panel 2 A: Making Up the Self: The Material Culture of Gender—Rm. 5414

Chair: Madeline Lafuse, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Steel and Flesh, an Intimate Partnership: The Straight Razor and Masculine Self-fashioning in the Atlantic World, 1760- 1880

Jacqueline Delisle, Independent Scholar

About Face: Exotic Luxury and Cosmetic Agency in French Colonial New Orleans

Philippe Halbert, Yale University

Panel 2 B: Crossing the Line: Borders, Boundaries, and Identity—Rm. 5409

Chair: Helena Yoo Roth, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. John Blanton, The City College of New York, CUNY

“Public Creditors who are Desirous for Satisfaction”: Speculators, Congress, and the Privatization of the American West

Joseph Ross, University of Missouri

“We Are between Two Fires”: Identity and Negotiation among the Kickapoo, Mascouten, and Meskawaki in Boucherville’s Narrative

Ian Tonat, College of William and Mary

John Yates Beall and the Confederacy’s Actions on Lake Erie and New York State’s Border During the Civil War

Cassandra Jane Werking, University of Kentucky

Lunch Break (12:15pm-2:00pm)

Session 3 (2:00pm-3:30pm)

Panel 3A: Race and Freedom In the Age of Revolutions—Rm. 5409

Chair: Arinn Amer, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. Andrew Robertson, The Graduate Center and Lehman College, CUNY

Race, Revolution, and Republicans: Early Jeffersonian Racial Discourse in Philip Freneau’s National Gazette

Matthew Grace, Rutgers University – Camden

Revolutionary Fugivity: Enslaved Women and Families Seeking Freedom in Post-Dunmore’s Proclamation America

Adam McNeil, University of Delaware

“Unrighteous Commerce”: The Providence Abolition Society’s Campaign Against the Slave Trade, 1789-1804

Kevin Vrevich, The Ohio State University

Panel 3B: Forming Minds: Memory, Education, and Civil Religion in the Early Republic—Rm. 5414

Chair: Israel Ben-Porat The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. Jonathan Sassi, The Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, CUNY

“He aimed well”: Benjamin Rush’s Memory, Disillusionment, and Utopian Ideals for the American Revolution

Scott Flovin, Rutgers University – Camden

Cultivating Constitutionalism: James Wilson’s Vision of Legal Education in American Democracy

Ethan Foster, Independent Scholar

Female Patriotism and the Formation of a Female Civil Religion

Erika Nelson, Vanderbilt University

Round Table Session (3:45pm – 5:15pm) – Room 5114

The Journal of the Early Republic: A Conversation with the Co-Editors

Moderator: Dr. Nora Slonimsky, Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

– Dr. David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, CUNY

– Dr. Andrew Shankman, Rutgers University- Camden

Keynote Session (5:30pm – 6:45pm) – Room 5114

Daniel Raymond, Mathew Carey, the Missouri Crisis, and the Global 1820s

Dr. Andrew Shankman, Rutgers University-Camden

A light reception until 7:30pm will follow Dr. Shankman’s keynote in the history lounge (5114).