2015 Madingley

Please find below the programme for the 9-11 October 2015 annual BrANCH conference. The programme is also available to download as a PDF here.

BrANCH would also like to thank Taylor and Francis and GaleCengage for their generous support in making the 2015 BrANCH annual conference possible.

Friday 9 October

3.00pm – Registration

4.00 – 5.45pm – Session 1: Parallel Sessions (I)

  1. Print Culture in the Nineteenth-Century South
    Chair: William A. Link (University of Florida)

Reading in the Civil War South
Sarah E. Gardner (Mercer University)

Southern Newspapers under Union Occupation
Jonathan Daniel Wells (University of Michigan)

Confederate POWs and the Southern Historical Society Papers
Timothy J. Williams (University of Oregon)

  1. Title: Political Economies of American Capital after the Civil War
    Chair: Andrew Heath (University of Sheffield)

Icebergs in the Desert: Mormons, the Federal Government and the Role of Capital in the Settlement of the American West
James Williamson (Keele University)

Economists, Politicians, Businessmen, and the 1897 Dingley Tariff Legislation in the United States
Peter H. Bent (University of Oxford and University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Funding the Fenians: Junk Bonds, Rogue Bankers and the Difficulties of Bankrolling Secessionist Nationalism
David Sim (UCL)

6pm: Reception generously sponsored by the Taylor & Francis Group

7pm: Dinner

8.30pm: Peter Parish Memorial Lecture

The Arithmetic of Life and Death in U.S. Civil War Refugee Camps
Thavolia Glymph (Duke University)

Saturday 10 October

9.00 – 10.45pm: Parallel Sessions (II)

  1. The Rise and Fall of the American Slaveholder
    Chair: Lawrence T. McDonnell (Iowa State University)

‘A Grand Government Swindle’: The Confederate State, Slaveholder Ideology, and the Ending of the Substitution Exemption
Patrick Doyle (RHUL)

Section, Nation, World: William Henry Trescot and the Global Vision of the Proslavery South
Matthew Karp (Princeton)

Reluctant Citizens: White Confederates & the Problem of Loyalty in the Occupied South
Erik Mathisen (QMUL)

  1. Empires of Collaboration: Perceptions, Dreams, and Diplomacy
    Chair: Martin Crawford (Keele University)

How to Ship Sweet Potatoes for the Empress Josephine, or Four Pinckneys and Napoleon: A South Carolina Diplomatic Family in the Napoleonic Era
Constance B. Schulz (University of South Carolina)

‘A Long Cherished Plan’: Detroit and the US Dream of Canadian Annexation during the Nineteenth Century
John W. Quist (Shippensburg University)

Empires on the Nile: The United States and Britain in East Africa
Stephen Tuffnell (University of Oxford)

  1. The Politics of Region in Civil War America
    Chair: David Silkenat (University of Edinburgh)

The Election Cycle, Election Inspectors, and Voter Eligibility: Regionalism and Political Culture in Antebellum America
Christopher Olsen (Indiana State University)

The Threat of ‘Consolidation’: Regionalism and Political Dissent in the Civil War North
Frank Towers (University of Calgary)

‘Never Checked – Always Victorious’: The Heyday of the Loyal West
Matthew E. Stanley (Albany State University)

11.00 – 12.45pm: Parallel Sessions (III)

  1. Formative Moments in Jacksonian Politics
    Chair: Donald Ratcliffe (University of Oxford)

Origins of the Bank Veto
Daniel Feller (University of Tennessee)

‘A sort of political infanticide’: Henry Clay, the Compromise of 1833, and the betrayal of the American System
Daniel Peart (QMUL)

All That Is Solid Melts into Money: Indian Removal and the Commodification of the Chickasaw Homeland
David A. Nichols (Indiana State University)

  1. Gender, Power, and the Experience of Slavery
    Chair: Lydia Plath (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Milked: Enslaved Wet Nurses in the Antebellum South
Rosie Knight (University of Reading)

‘It was our first experience with a madman!’: The Treatment of Sexual Abuse by Interviewers of the Formerly Enslaved in Louisiana and Texas
Andrea Livesey (University of Liverpool)

Lunsford Lane of Raleigh: Blackness, Manhood, Slavery, and Freedom in Antebellum North Carolina
Craig Thompson Friend (North Carolina State University)

  1. Interpreting Images from Abroad at Mid-Century
    Chair: David Brown (University of Manchester)

American Civil War Photography – A Comparative Study
Caroline Hurley (University of Sussex)

Don’t Know Much about Africa: The Critical Reception of Three Mid-19th Century African Travel Accounts in the American South
Daniel Kilbride (John Carroll University)

OOH ER, WE’RE HAVING NUN OF THAT!: American Voyeurs in Catholic Quebec
Gareth Davis (UCL)

1.00pm: Lunch

1.45pm: BrANCH AGM

2.30-3:00pm: Tom English (GaleCengage)
Artemis Primary Sources: Access and Discovery in the Digital Humanities

4.15 – 5.30pm: Parallel Sessions (IV)

  1. Agitation After Abolition
    Chair: Elizabeth Clapp (University of Leicester)

Woman Suffrage and the American Abolitionist Platform between 1866 and 1869
Hélène Quanquin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3)

The Birth of the Reform League: Abolitionists and the ‘Problem of Caste’ in the Post-Bellum United States
Angela F. Murphy (Texas State University)

  1. The Contours of the Post-Confederate State
    Chair: Susan-Mary Grant (University of Newcastle)

‘The Ideal Home of the South’: The R.E. Lee Camp Confederate Soldiers’ Home and the Development of Confederate Welfare
Robin Bates (University of Newcastle)

We Need English Men!: Immigration Societies and Social Planning in the Postbellum South
Skye Montgomery (University of Oxford)

5.45 – 7:00pm: Parallel Sessions (V)

  1. Freedom and Movement in Antebellum America
    Chair: Emily West (University of Reading)

The Other Five Points: Vagrants and Indigent Transients on the Road in Jacksonian America
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan (University of Leicester)

The Case of Commonwealth V. Stratton: The Issue of Gender in an American Runaway Slave Case
Robert Willoughby (University of Arkansas-Fort Smith)

  1. The Constitution and the States during the Civil War Era
    hair: Lucia Bergamasco (Université d’Orléans)

E Pluribus Unum?: Federalism, Regionalism, and the Ratification of the Reconstruction Amendments
Mark Leon de Vries (Leiden University)

The Significance of the States’ Constitutional Conventions in the U.S. Antebellum Period: Virginia and Georgia in Comparison
Cristina Bon (Catholic University of Milan)

7.00pm: Dinner

8.30pm: In Memoriam: William Brock and Michael O’Brien

Chair: Adam Smith (UCL)

David Turley (University of Kent/Rothermere Institute): William Brock
Richard King (University of Nottingham): Michael O’Brien
John Thompson (University of Cambridge): Some personal reflections

Sunday 11 October

9.00 – 10.45pm: Parallel Sessions (VI)

  1. Reviving the Revolution: Symbols and Signs of American Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century 
    Chair: Melvyn Stokes (UCL)

‘Popping of the Friendly Cracker and Banging of the Lively Revolver’: The Revival of the Southern Fourth of July
Jack Noe (University of Leeds)

‘God is now Shaking the Nations’: Reading Signs, Saving Souls, and Fostering Nationalism in the Early Republic
Jewel L. Spangler (University of Calgary)

Revolutionary Symbolism in the Post-Revolutionary United States
Andrew R. Detch (University of Colorado at Boulder)

  1. Political Identities and American Industry in the Civil War Era
    Chair: Kathleen Hilliard (Iowa State University)

‘If this is Filibusterism, then “make the most of it!’: Gerrit Smith, Cuban annexation and anti-slavery expansionism before the American Civil War.
Mark Power Smith (UCL)

Reconciliation and Unionism: The National Union Movement and the Democratic Party’s Reunification, 1866-1868
Alexander R. Page (University of Sussex)

‘I am an American!’: Insecurities at the Great Exhibition
David Tiedemann (UCL)

11.00 – 12.45pm: Parallel Sessions (VII)

  1. Antislavery Reform and Historical Memory
    Chair: Andrea Livesey (University of Liverpool)

‘When Freedom’s Sunshine Broke on Slavery’s Dreary Night’: The Anglo-Atlantic Movement to End Slavery and Human Bondage in India and Brazil, 1840-1890
William E. Skidmore (Rice University)

‘Leaving Hamlet Out of the Play’: William Lloyd Garrison and Postwar Abolitionist Memory
Frank Cirillo (University of Virginia)

Stories of Victimhood and Virtue: Postbellum White Southerners and the
Memorialization of an Antislavery Past
Sarah Bowman (Columbus State University)

  1. Patterns of Support for the Union and Confederacy
    Chair: Patrick Doyle (RHUL)

Defending the Indefensible?: Pro-Confederate Activism in Britain 1863-1865
Peter O’Connor (University of Manchester)

New Jersey and the American Civil War
William D. Carrigan (Rowan University)

Success, of a Sort: The Confederacy, the Colonies, and “Informal Diplomacy”
Beau Cleland (University of Calgary)

1pm: Lunch

Conference disperses