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Spring 2018

Alexander Gambaccini and Evan Turiano, Co-Chairs

Location and Meeting Time

Unless otherwise noted, EARS will be meeting at 2:30pm on Fridays at the CUNY Graduate Center. The sessions will be in the on the fifth floor in the History Department’s dissertation room (Room 5114).

February 2- Prof. Sarah Gronningsater, University of Pennsylvania/New-York Historical Society

“‘Expressly Recognized by Our Elections’: Certificates of Freedom and the Multiple Fates of Black Citizenship”

February 23- Lauren Duval, American University

“‘their own perticuliar spot’: Masculinity, Honor, and Domestic Space under British Military Rule

March 2- Michael McLean, Boston College

“‘Sufficient to Make an Empire’: The Politicians, 1861-1870

March 9- Michael Hattem, New-York Historical Society/The New School

“Creating a Deep Past for a New Nation”

March 23- Cody Nager, The Graduate Center, CUNY

April 13- Maddy Lafuse, The Graduate Center, CUNY

April 20- Hannah Diamond, Yale University

April 27- Helena Yoo, The Graduate Center, CUNY

May 11- CUNY EARS Graduate Student Conference


Previous Events

Fall 2017 (Alexander Gambaccini and Evan Turiano Co-chairs)

September 15- Prof. David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Hamilton as Founders Chic: A Neo-Federalist, Antislavery Usable Past?” with Jeffrey L. Pasley

October 6- Alexander Gambaccini, The Graduate Center, CUNY

No Simple Democracy: Swiss History in John Adams’s Defence of the Constitutions of the Government of the United States”

October 20- Michael Crowder, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“The Fruits of Northern State Abolition, I: Visions of Economic Development in the Greater Northeast in the Early Republic”

October 27- Sean Griffin, Brooklyn College, CUNY

“Towards a ‘Union of Reformers’: The National Industrial Congress, the Mexican-American War, and the Origins of the Antislavery-Land Reform Alliance

November 3-Prof. Scott Gac, Trinity College

“To 1877: American Capitalism and the Geography of Violence”

November 10- Prof. John Blanton, City College, CUNY

“Antislavery Before Empire: The Problem of Freedom in Early English Colonization, 1547-1642”

December 1-David Campmier, Graduate Center, CUNY

“The Union Army and the Rape of African American Women: A Comparative Analysis”

December 8-Hannah Diamond, Yale University

Spring 2017 (Andrew Lang and Miriam Liebman Co-chairs)

February 24– Anthony di Lorenzo, Lapidus Center for Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery

“French Emancipation and Antislavery Politics in the Early United States”

March 3– Sean Griffin, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Antislavery Utopias: Communitarian and Cooperative Experimentation and the Abolitionist Movement, 1825-1850”

March 10- Tara Bynum, The American Antiquarian Society and the College of Charleston

“David Walker’s Good News”

April 7- Joseph Murphy, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“‘A Foundation of Human Rights’: Slavery, U.S. Coastal Waters, and the Making of Antislavery Nationalism”

April 28- Evan Turiano, The Graduate Center, CUNY

“Reinterpreting the Means and Meanings of Non-Enforcement of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law in the Rural North”

May 12- CUNY EARS Graduate Student Conference

Fall 2016 (Andrew Lang and Miriam Liebman Co-chairs)

9/2- Prof. David Waldstreicher (Graduate Center, CUNY) Note: Meeting at 3 PM.

“Ancients, Moderns, and Africans: Phillis Wheatley and the Politics of Slavery”

9/16- Alisa Wade (New-York Historical Society)

“Investing in Social Networking”

9/30- Scott Ackerman (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“It Will Rival My Kansas Work of 1856 and 7″: George Stearns, Reuben Mussey, and the United States Colored Troop Recruiting Office in Nashville, Tennessee”

10/7- Prof. John Blanton (City College, CUNY)

“‘The First Stone of Universal Liberty’: Slavery, Subjecthood, and Military Emancipation in the American War of Independence”

10/21- Prof. Kellie Carter Jackson (Hunter College, CUNY)

“”Black Leadership: The Silent Partners of Harpers Ferry”

11/11- Prof. Thomas Balcerski (Eastern Connecticut State University)

“The Bachelor’s Mess: James Buchanan and the Domestic Politics of Doughfacery”

11/18- Katy Lasdow (Columbia University)

“When Hippos Dredged the Delaware: The Origins of Improvement in America”

12/16- Michael Crowder (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Abolition Unleashed: The American Revolution and Northern State Abolition, 1776-1788”

Spring 2016 (Michael Crowder and Miriam Liebman Co-chairs)

February 5- Nora Slonimsky & Michael Crowder (Graduate Center, CUNY)- 3:00pm

“Regulating the Trade(s): Slavery, Publishing, and The Gazette of the United States”

February 19- Alisa Wade (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Women’s Inheritance, Social Networking, and Class Consolidation in Post-Revolutionary New York”

February 26- Mark Boonshoft (NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Post-Doctorate)

“The Failure of Educational Reform in Revolutionary America”

March 4- Alexandra Montgomery (University of Pennsylvania)

“The Division of Wabanakia: Speculators and Loyalists in Maine and Acadia After the American Revolution”

March 11- Miriam Liebman (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Flirting with the French: America Female Travelers in Paris, 1828-1848”

March 25- Kevin Vrevich (The Ohio State University)

“Abolitionist Friends: New England Quakers and the Beginnings of Immediate Abolitionism”

April 1- Tom Cutterham (New College, Oxford)

‘A Very Promising Appearance’: Credit Networks and Controlling Information in the Revolutionary Transatlantic World, 1784-1792″

April 8- Zach Conn (Yale University)

The Nineteenth-Century Afterlife of the Articles of Confederation”

May 6- Andrew Lang (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Antislavery and the Numbers Game: The Congressional Bulwark and the Real Sentiment of the North”

May 13- CUNY EARS Graduate Student Conference

May 20- Meggan Farish (Duke University)

Violence and ‘Belonging’ in Early National New York, 1785-1822″

Fall 2015- (Michael Crowder and Miriam Liebman Co-Chairs)

September 11- John Blanton (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“‘Britons Never Will Be Slaves’: The Passions and Interests of Late Colonial Slavery, 1715-1754”

September 18- Zachary Bennett (Rutgers University)

“Improvising Slavery’s Border: Nature, Navigation, and Sectionalism on the Ohio River”

October 2- Michael Crowder (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“The Great Diversion: African Colonization and American Abolitionism, 1816-1833”

October 16- Prof. David Waldstreicher (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Amistad: John Quincy Adams, the Shutdown, and the Restart of Antislavery Politics, 1787-1836”

October 30- Sean Griffin (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“The Revolutionary Generation: Agrarian Conceptions of Free Labor, Property, and Slavery”

November 6- Scott Ackerman (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“‘Give Me Only Such Men Who’s Hearts Are in the Work’: Lorenzo Thomas, War Department Recruiting Agents, and The Process of Emancipation, 1863-1865”

November 20- Prof. Deirdre Cooper Owens (Queens College, CUNY)

“Irish Immigrant Women, Race, and American Gynecology”

December 4- Dr. Ariel Ron (Yale University)

Economic Nationalism in the Greater Rural Northeast”

Spring 2015– (John Blanton and Chris Morell Co-Chairs)

February 6 – Benjamin Carp (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

“‘The Unpleasing Part of the Drama’: Fear, Devastation, and the Civilian Experience of the Revolutionary War

February 19 – David Waldstreicher (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Minstrelization and Nationhood: ‘Backside Albany,’ Backlash, and the Wartime Origins of Blackface Minstrelsy

March 6 – Steven Smith (Providence College)

March 20 – Alisa Wade (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Contested Widowhood: Protecting Elite Women’s Inheritance in Early National New York City”

March 27 – Paul Naish (Guttman Community College)

“‘What Shall I Do with my Liberty?’: The Versatile Myth of the Slave who Preferred Bondage to Freedom, 1831-1861”

April 17 – Christopher Morell (Graduate Center, CUNY)

April 24 – Brian Bouton (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“Neither for the Kingdom of Christ, Nor for the Kingdoms of This World: Confessional and Commercial Networks of the Quaker Diaspora in Tension with the British Empire of the Long Eighteenth Century”

May 8 – Michael Haggerty (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“The Devil’s Wheel: Women, Crime, and Government in Nineteenth Century New York”

May 15 – Nora Slonimsky (Graduate Center, CUNY)

“‘The Omission of Some Words and the Transporting of Others’: Piracy and Libel in Early Atlantic Copyright”

Fall 2014– (John Blanton and Chris Morell Co-Chairs)

September 5, John Blanton

“The Problem of Personhood and the Long English Antislavery Argument”

September 26, Michael Crowder

“‘No Captain Goes to the Havanna Without Horses or Slaves’: The Pennsylvania Abolition Society’s Slave Trade Litigation, 1788-1807”

October 3,  Joseph Murphy

“Absolute and Unqualified Divorce: Salmon P. Chase and the Radicalism of the Antislavery Platform”

October 17: Mark Boonshoft, Ohio State University

“The Diplomacy of Dance: French Manners and ‘Civilized Nationhood,’ 1780-1800″

October 24, Brian Bouton

“Exposed to All the Solitude and Perils of the Sea: Quaker Mariner Interpretations and Violations of the Faith’s Peace Testimony in the Atlantic World”

November 21, Sean Griffin

“The Genius of Integral Emancipation”: Associationism and Antislavery, 1841—1850

December 5,  Alexander Manevitz, New York University

December 19: Roy Rogers

Spring 2014 (Glen Olson and Nora Slonimsky Co-Chairs)

May 23, Katy Lasdow, Columbia University

“’Encroachment upon a public right may be beneficial to a town’: Corporations and the Public Good along the Boston Waterfront, 1803-1810”

May 16, Michael Blaakman, Yale University

“The Marketplace of American Federalism: Land Speculators, Governments, and the Post-Revolutionary Mania in Lands.”

May 9, Roy Rogers

“To ‘become the pride of your patrons and the boast of religion’: Reputation, Law, and Gender in Ministerial Recruitment in the Early National Chesapeake”

April 25, Michael Crowder

“Defining the Boundaries of Slavery: The Politics and Legalities of the Slave Trade to North America, 1765-1820” 

April 11, John Winters

“’I have advised my children all to go to their own Country’: Eastern Choctaw after Removal”

March 21, Kevin Waite, University of Pennsylvania

“The Great Slavery Road: California, the Pacific, and Southern Visions of Empire”

March 14, Sean Griffin

“Wage Slavery, Free Labor: Workers, Slavery, and the Ideology of Labor in the Antebellum Republic”

February 28, Nora Slonimsky

“‘Exempting Great Numbers from the Necessities of Labour’: Connecting Copyright, Anti-Slavery and Federalists in the Early National Era”

February 14, Joe Murphy

“‘Free in Law, Though Slaves in Fac’t”: The Politics of Slavery on the High Seas, 1840-2”

January 31, Alisa Wade Harrison

“‘Commencing [Women] of Business’: The Properties of Upper-Class Female Market Participation in Early National New York City”

Fall 2013 (Glen Olson and Nora Slonimsky Co-Chairs)

December 13, Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University

“Imagining Empire: Thomas Law, British India, and the Early American Republic”

December 6, Dr. Nic Wood, University of Virginia

“The Jefferson Image, Racial Science, and Antislavery Violence: A Mulatto’s Dinner at Monticello: in Jabez Hammond’s Abolitionist Fiction”

November 15, Glen Olson

“Dysfunctional Empire: The 1857-58 Utah Expedition and Sectional Politics”

November 1, David Houpt

October 16, Cambridge Ridley Lynch

“Political Science: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Myth of Non-Theoretical Scientific Practice in Jacksonian America”

October 4, Laura Ping

“Throwing off the ‘Dragging Dresses:’ Women and Bifurcated Clothing, 1820-1900”

September 20, John Blanton

“Servants, Subjects, Citizens: Slavery and Subjecthood in Early English Colonization, 1607-1640”

Spring 2013 (Alisa Wade Harrison and Roy Rogers Co-Chairs)

May 10, Nora Slonimsky

“The Un-Revolution of 1800: Print, Property and the Evil Genius of America’s First Copyright Lawyer”

April 26, Michael Crowder

“National Politics and the Abolition of the Foreign Slave Trade, 1787-1808”

April 19, Christopher Morell

“‘What Must I Do to Be Saved?’ The New York Orphan Asylum Society and Early National Female Benevolence in Transnational Perspective, 1806-1828”

April 12, Michael Hattem, Yale University

‘Their History as a Part of Ours’: Some Thoughts on British Historical Memory in Colonial America, 1750-1776″

April 5, Paul Polgar

“An Unconquerable Prejudice? The American Colonization Society and the Response of Abolitionists to Black Removal”

March 15, Cambridge Ridley Lynch

“Author(iz)ing Science: The Language of Professionalization in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 1769-1830”

March 8, Andrew Fagal, Binghamton University

“Foreign Capital, Technological Innovation, and Military-Bureaucracy: The Rise of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.”

February 22, John Blanton

“‘This Species of Property’: Slavery and the Properties of Subjecthood in Anglo-American Law and Politics, 1619–1772”

February 8, Dr. Andrew Shankman, Rutgers University at Camden

“A Synthesis Useful and Compelling: Anglicization and the Achievement of John M. Murrin”

Fall 2012 (Alisa Wade Harrison and Roy Rogers Co-Chairs)

December 7, Alisa Wade Harrison

“‘The Charms of a Lively, Enlightened and Cultivated Mind’: The Material Foundations of Learned Femininity in Early National New York City”

November 30, Glen Olson

“Threats Within and Without: The Uses of American Nativism for Irish Revolutionaries and Catholic Leaders in 1850s New York”

November 14, Dr. Johann Neem, Western Washington University

November 9, Dr. Zara Anishanslin, College of Staten Island

“‘Language is too feeble:’ Making, Domesticating, and Remembering the American Revolution through Material and Visual Culture”

October 18, Dr. Francois Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University

“Settling in America: Philadelphia Speaks French”

October 5, Michael Crowder

“The Colonization Movement, Early Antebellum Politics, and the Missouri Crisis”

September 21, Dr. Michael Rawson, Brooklyn College

“The Nature of Water: Reform and the Antebellum Crusade for Municipal Water in Boston”

September 7, Roy Rogers

“‘[S]o fettered by Laws’: Episcopalians and the Political Economy of Religion in Early National Virginia, 1785-1811”

Spring 2012 (David Houpt and Cambridge Ridley Lynch Co-Chairs)

May 4, Michael Crowder

“‘Fair and Flattering Promises and Anticipations’: Northern Colonizationism and its Complications, 1817-1834”

April 20, Joseph Murphy

“‘A Cordon Sanitaire’: The Political Objectives of Second-Wave Abolitionists, 1830-1837”

March 30, Glen Olson

“Revolutionary Consensus: The Illinois Staats-Zeitung and Coalition Building among Chicago German Americans during the Civil War”

March 23, Dr. Nicole Eustace, New York University

“Liberty, Slavery, and the Burning of the Capital”

March 16, David Gary

“Gentility and the Society of the Cincinnati: A Cultural History of Early American Military Associating”

February 21, Dr. Martin Burke, Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center

“Anti-Popery and American Political Culture, 1775-1860”

February 3, Josh Canale, Binghamton University

“New York’s Revolutionary Executive Bodies, 1775-1776”

January 27, Laura Ping

“Throwing Off the ‘Dragging’ Dresses”: Dress Reform, 1848-1898”

Fall 2011 (David Houpt and Cambridge Ridley Lynch Co-Chairs)

December 12, Dr. Andrew Robertson, CUNY Graduate Center

“Jeffersonian Parties, Politics and Participation: The Tortuous Trajectory of American Democracy”

December 9, Nora Slonimsky

“Jeffersonian Ends by Hamiltonian Means: The Significance of Federalism in the Evolution of Copyright and the Free Press in the Early Republic”

November 11, Cambridge Ridley Lynch

November 7, Dr. Brian Murphy, Baruch College

“Incorporating Interests: The Bank of New York, Coalition Building, and the Civic Commerce of Capital, 1784-1790”

November 4, Alisa Wade Harrison

“‘Conversing in the Epistolary Way’: Class Identity and the Elite Female Correspondence Network in New York City, 1783-1815”

October 21, Dr. Jonathan Sassi, College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center

“Religion, Race and the Founders”

October 14, David Gary

September 30, John Blanton

“Timbucto: An Experiment in Abolitionist Politics, 1845-1859”

September 26, Dr. Saul Cornell

“The People’s Constitution vs. The Lawyer’s Constitution: Popular Constitutionalism and the Original Debate over Originalism”

September 16, Brendan O’Malley

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