2009 Madingley

2009: Sixteenth Annual Conference, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Friday, 16 October 2009
Session 1: Historiographical Frontiers
Trevor Burnard (Warwick): “Ending with a Whimper not a Bang: The Relationship between Atlantic History and the Study of the Nineteenth Century South”
Nancy Hewitt (Rutgers and Cambridge) “From the ‘Search for Sisterhood’ to the ‘Dilemma of Difference’: Changing Approaches to 19th century Women’s History”
Session 2: Peter Parish Lecture (Chair: Martin Crawford)
Brian Holden Reid (Kings, London): William Tecumseh Sherman and the South

Parish Lecture Part 1

Parish Lecture Part 2

Parish Lecture Part 3

Session 3
Melvyn Stokes (UCL) “Abraham Lincoln, Screen Idol”
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Session 4: Contesting Slavery before 1831 (Chair: Donald J. Ratcliffe, Oxford)
John Craig Hammond (Penn State) “The Politics of Slavery in the Early American Republic”
Matthew Mason (Brigham Young) “Recent Scholarship on the Politics of Slavery before 1831”
Discussants: Stacey Robertson (Bradley) and Donald J. Ratcliffe (Oxford)
Session 5: Freedom and its Aftermath (Chair: Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt)
Sebastian Page (Oxford) “An ‘honest desire’: Abraham Lincoln’s black colonization projects in the British and Dutch empires, 1863-64”
William A. Link (Florida) “Invasion, Occupation, and the Meaning of Freedom: Atlanta after the Civil War, 1864-68”
Stephen Robinson (Southampton) “African American Grassroots Politics in the 1880s: The Louisville Black Convention of 1883”
Session 6: Parallel Sessions
Ideas and Identity in the Atlantic World (Chair: John Killick, Leeds)
Natalie Zacek (Manchester) “Brother Jonathan Races John Bull: Horse-Breeding and National Identity in Mid-Nineteenth Century American and Britain”
Jarod Roll (Sussex) “Agrarian Producerism after Populism”
Edward Rafferty (Boston) “A Marxist Yankee in Europe: Cyrenus Osborne Ward and Atlantic Radicalism in the Nineteenth Century”
Politics and Identity in Civil War Era America
Graham A. Peck (St Xavier) “Stephen A. Douglas and the Evolution of a Border State Democracy, 1854-1860”
David Sim (Oxford) “The Fatal Mistake of the Irish”: Nationalism, Allegiance and Filibustering in 1850s Cincinnati”
Robert Bonner (Dartmouth) “Alexander Stephens and the Crisis of Mastery at ‘Liberty Hall’”
Session 7:
Daniel Walker Howe (UCLA): What Hath God Wrought
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Session 8: Gender & the Social Order of Slavery: Race, Sexuality and Class in Antebellum America (Chair: Lydia Plath)
Rebecca Fraser (East Anglia)”‘You have no idea how entirely different everything is here’: 

Sarah Hicks Williams – a true southern woman?”

Marie Molloy (Keele) “A Noble Class of Old Maids: The Indispensable Spinster in the Nineteenth Century Southern Family”
Ben Schiller (Edinburgh) “I can do more at that than I can at any thing elce”: The strange career of 

Lucy Skipwith, an enslaved plantation school ma’am”

Gregory Smithers (Aberdeen) “A Most Lurid Intercourse: Slave Breeding in the Abolitionist Imagination”
Session 9: State and Citizen in Civil War Era America
Jo Cohen (Pennsylvania) “In the Field with a Terrible Array of Dry Goods:’ Locating civic consumption in the political economy of the Union, 1861-1865”
Andrew Heath (Sheffield) “Family Government and the Domestication of Citizenship in the Antebellum North”
Erik Mathison (Pennsylvania) “Between Slavery and Citizenship: Allegiance, Subjecthood & African American
Understandings of the State in Civil War Mississippi”