2011 Madingley

2011: Eighteenth Annual Conference, Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Conference Programme

Friday, 14 October 2011
Session 1 (4.00-5.00): Animals on the Highway (Chair: Jay Sexton, Oxford University)
Sondra Cosgrove (College of Southern Nevada) ’Yes, I mean Bulls!’: The Lesser Known Danger of the Southern Route to California
Diana Ahmad (Missouri University of Science and Technology ’Prairie Dogs, Buffalo, Mosquitoes, Oh My!’: Emigrants’ Responses to Wild Animals on the Journey to the Pacific Coast
Session 2 (5.15-6.15): Peter Parish Lecture (Chair: Martin Crawford, Keele University)
Stephanie McCurry (University of Pennsylvania) Antigone’s Claim: Gender and Treason in the American Civil War
6:30 Reception and Dinner
Session 3 (8.30-9.15): After Dinner Talk (Chair: Jonathan Bell, University of Reading)
Gareth Davies (Oxford University) Federal Disaster Relief during the Nineteenth Century
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Session 4 (9.00-10.45): Parallel Sessions
Information and the Shaping of Markets
Ben Lafferty (University of London) ‘A weekly jaunt over the hills’: Newspaper delivery, advertising and commerce in 1790’s New Hampshire
Bruce E. Baker (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Barbara Hahn (Texas Tech University) Cornering Cotton: New Orleans Bulls, New York Bears, and the Power of Information
Marina Moskowitz (University of Glasgow) Room for Improvement: Horticultural Practices and Trades in Nineteenth-Century America
Southern Women’s Narratives


Constance B. Schulz (University of South Carolina) A Southern Plantation Mistress Travels the Early Industrial North: Harriott Pinckney Horry’s Travel Journals, 1793 and 1815
Kristen Brill (Cambridge University) Southern Belles and Ethiopian
Wenches: The Rhetoric of Slavery in Women’s Civil War Narratives
Catherine Clinton (Queen’s University Belfast) The Strange Career of Mary Chesnut
Session 5 (11.10-12.25): Parallel Sessions
Sectionalism and Foreign Affairs in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Marjorie Denise Brown (Vanderbilt University) An Antislavery Diplomat in a Proslavery Republic: The Role of Charles Elliot, British Charge de Affaires in Texas, 1842-1846
Adrian Brettle (University of Virginia) Confederate Expansionist Ambitions
Jacqueline Glass Campbell (Francis Marion University) ’The Occasion of a Prodigious Hue & Cry’: Benjamin F. Butler’s Woman Order as a Problem of Wartime Diplomacy
Slavery and Freedom: Transnational Perspectives
Michael Luff (University of Reading) Concerns about enslaved reading in Jamaica and South Carolina 1792-1860
David Doddington (University of Warwick) ’Them as won’t fight, is called Poke-easy’: Violence & Resistance among Male Slaves in the Antebellum South
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti (University Paris-Diderot) ’Why should we not go to Haiti?’: African-American Emigrationists’ Renewed Interest in Haiti in the 1850s
BrANCH AGM (4.00-4.30)
Session 6 (4.30-5.30): Women, Dissent, and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865 (round table)
Carol Lasser (Oberlin College) Julie Roy Jeffrey (Goucher College) Chair and commentator: Elizabeth Clapp (University of Leicester)
Session 7 (5.40-6.40): Parallel Sessions
American Identity in the Era of Revolution
Jonathan Chandler (UCL) Identity and the Continental Army: Ideology and Continentalism during the War of Independence
Joseph Eaton (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) ‘Freest and Most Enlightened in the World’: Washington, the French Revolution, and Strange Origins of American Exceptionalism
Women and Prison (Chair: tba)
Erica Rhodes Hayden (Vanderbilt University) Creating Hope for Female Inmates: The Activism of Philadelphia’s Female Prison Association of Friends
Theresa Jach (Houston Community College) ‘I thought if I got a chance I would do it’ – Black Female Convicts and Sexual Negotiation in the Texas Prison, 1869-1910
Conference Dinner (7.00-8.30)
Session 8: After Dinner Talk (Chair: Susan-Mary Grant, University of Newcastle)
William A. Link (University of Florida) The Track of the Destroyer: The Atlanta Campaign and the Making of a New South City
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Session 9 (9.00-10.45): Parallel Sessions
America Abroad
Stephen Tuffnell (Oxford University) ’America’s most important colonial possession’: The American Invasion of the British World, 1867-1914
David Prior (University of South Carolina) Reconstruction and the Exploration of Africa
Nicholas Cleaver (University of East Anglia) ’…enough to be laughed at and too little to be effective’: Grover Cleveland’s Armenian Policy, 1894-1897
Politics in the Civil War Era: Ideas and Identity (Chair: Robert Cook, University of Sussex)
Lawrence T. McDonnell (Iowa State University) Burying Calhoun: the Politics and Poetics of Funeral in the Sectionalizing South
Christopher Ruehlen (University of Florida) Lincoln’s House Divided: National Identity in the Civil War North
Adam I P Smith (University College London) The Meanings of Conservatism in Northern Politics, c 1848-1865
Session 10 (11.10-12.55): Parallel Sessions
Culture and Politics of Antislavery (Chair: Stacey Robertson, Bradley University)
Leigh Fought (Montgomery College) Dirty, Sexy Abolitionists: The Julia Griffiths and Frederick Douglass Scandal
Mitchell Snay (Denison University) The Whig Origins of Free Soilism: the Antislavery Thought of Horace Greeley
Race, Eugenics and Immigration Restriction
Melvyn Stokes (University College London) Contesting ‘The tragic Era’. David W. Griffith’s ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and the Popular Debate on Reconstruction
Robert Júlio Decker (University of Leeds) Citizenship and its Duties: The Immigration Restriction League as a Progressive Movement
Jason McDonald (University of Southampton) Harry H. Laughlin, the Progressive Reform Ethos, and the Origins of the American Eugenics Movement
Conference disperses.