2005 Madingley

2005: Twelfth Annual Conference, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

The 2005 Annual Conference was devoted primarily to the period 1865-1917. It was held in conjunction with SHGAPE—the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Conference Programme
Friday, 14 October 2005
Session 1 (8.30-9.30): Opening Address
Chair: Donald Ratcliffe, University of Oxford
William R. Brock (University of Cambridge): 1870-1900: The Democratic Age?
Saturday, 15 October 2005
Session 2 (9.00-10.45): New Perspectives on Race, Class and Gender on the Women and Social Movements Website, 1870-1930
Chair: Elizabeth Clapp (University of Leicester)
Kathryn Kish Sklar (State University of New York, Binghampton, and Oxford): Documenting New Perspectives on White Women in the Freedmen’s Aid Movement, 1870-1890
Thomas Dublin (State University of New York, Binghampton): Documenting a Multiracial Movement in Baltimore’s YWCA, 1880-1930
Jay Kleinberg (Brunel University): Creating a Document Project on Mothers’ Pensions, 1899-1939
Session 3 (11.15-1.00): Transatlantic Perspectives
Chair: Axel Schaeffer (Keele University)
William Jones (Cardiff University): ‘Going into Print’: Published Emigrant Letters in Wales in the Nineteenth Century
Murney Gerlach (Fremont, Ohio): William E. Gladstone and the United States: Ideas of American Progress
Howell John Harris (University of Durham): Between Convergence and Exceptionalism: Americans and the ‘British Model’ of Industrial Relations, c. 1870-1920
1pm Lunch
2-2.30pm BrANCH Annual General Meeting Saloon
4pm Tea
Session 4 (4.15-5.45): Parallel Sessions
Richard Hofstadter’s Age of Reform after Fifty Years 
Chair: Alan Lessoff (Illinois State University)
Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago): Age of Reform and the Progressive Era
Gillis Harp (Grove City College): Age of Reform in the 1950s
Rethinking Reconstruction
Chair: Heather Cox Richardson (University of Massachusetts)
Nichola Clayton (University of Sheffield): Henry Wilson’s Southern Tour and the Question of Confiscation in 1867
William G. Merkel (Columbia University): New Constitutional Perspectives on Reconstruction, the Militia, and the Right to Arms
5.45pm Gala Reception
7pm Banquet
Session 5 (8.30-9.30): After-dinner Address 
Chair: Peter Argersinger (Southern Illinois University)
Constance Schultz (University of South Carolina): Virgins or Vamps? Images of Women in Late Nineteenth Century American Stereographs
9.30pm-midnight: Bar
Sunday, 16 October 2005
Session 6 (9.15-10.45): Coming of the Civil War
Chair: Richard Carwardine (University of Oxford)
John Ashworth (University of Nottingham): The Kansas-Nebraska Act Revisited
10.45am Coffee
Session 7 (11.15-1.00): Parallel sessions
Learning the Lessons of Nineteenth-Century America 
Chair: Susan-Mary Grant (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Thomas Knoles (American Antiquarian Society): Boiling the ‘Monkey’ and Other Educational Experiences in the Journal of a Student of John and Henry Thoreau
Lucia Knoles (Assumption College):‘For the want of Knowledge We Are Killed All the Day’: The Larger Lessons of Freedmen’s Schools
John McClymer (Assumption College): The Americanization of Shockheaded Peter: Nineteenth-Century Cautionary Tales
New Perspectives on Reform and Activism
Chair: Wanda Hendricks (University of South Carolina)
Lewis Perry (St. Louis University): Abby and Julia Smith and the American Tradition of Civil Disobedience
Ruth Crocker (Auburn University): New Perspectives on the Settlement Movement
Elisabeth Israels Perry (St. Louis University): The Progressives and the Prostitute: Anna Moscowitz Kross and the Campaign against New York City’s ‘Women’s Court’
1pm Lunch
Session 8 (2.15-3.45): Parallel Sessions
Rethinking Political Movements 
Chair: Jo Ann Argersinger (Southern Illinois University)
Charles Postel (California State University, Sacramento): Populist Moderns: Rethinking Rural Protest in the Gilded Age
Edward Rafferty (Boston University): W.J. McGee, American Conservation, and New Liberalism in the United States, 1870-1910
Race and Memory in the Progressive South
Chair: Michael O’Brien (University of Cambridge)
Robert J. Norrell (University of Tennessee, Knoxville): Rehabilitating Booker Washington: How Historians Have Wronged the Wizard
Bruce Baker (Royal Holloway College, London): Reconstruction and Public Memory in Anderson County, South Carolina, 1905-1920
Session 10 (4.15-5.45): The United States in the World
Chair: John A. Thompson (University of Cambridge)
Jay Sexton (University of Oxford): The Greater Aberration: Hamilton Fish, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Multilateral Initiative of 1875
Eric Rauchway (University of California, Davis): Globalization and the Roots of American Exceptionalism