Conflict and Community


Early America and the Atlantic World

A Graduate Student Conference hosted by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies

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Conflict and Community in Early America and the Atlantic World
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
University of Pennsylvania
September 27-29, 2007

MCEAS Biennial Graduate Student Conference:
Conflict & Community in Early America

Thursday, September 27, 2007
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk

Coffee and Refreshments

Welcome and Introductory Comments
Daniel K. Richter, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, Richard S. Dunn Director, McNeil Center for Early American Studies

Session 1: Race and Reform
Chair: Simon Finger, Princeton University

Papers: Natalie Joy, University of California, Los Angeles
“‘An Indelible Stigma: Opposition to Indian Removal in the Early Republic, 1829-1838”

Julie Holcomb, University of Texas, Arlington
“Conflict and Community in the Trans-Atlantic Free Produce Movement”

Elizabeth J. Thompson, University of Tulsa
“From Princess to Schoolgirl: American Indian Girls and Anglo Depictions of their Conversions”

Friday, September 28, 2007
Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Sreet

8:30-9:15   Coffee and Bagels

Session 2:  Inventing Community
Chair: William Huntting Howell, MCEAS

Papers: Jonathan DeCoster, Brandeis
“‘To Kill the Whelp Ere Its Teeth and Claws Became Stronger’: Abenaki  Usage of the Memory of the 1607 English Colony, Sagadahoc”

Megan Hughes, Purdue University
“Executing Indianness: Deliberation and Conflict Mediation in English and Indian Identities in the 1640s”

Lawrence B. A. Hatter, University of Virginia
“‘Shopkeeper Aristocracy’: The Indian Trade and Community in the Northern Borderland, 1780-1800”

Session 3: Constructing Race
Chair: Yvonne Fabella, SUNY Stony Brook

Papers: Marcela Echeverri, New York University
“‘Enraged to the Limit of Despair’: Judicial Contexts, Infanticide, and Slave Community in Barbacoas, 1788-1798”

Hugh Cagle, Rutgers University
“Body of Labor: How Antonio Vieira Made Race in Seventeenth-Century Brazil”

Michelle Granshaw, University of Maryland
 “‘General Creole’: Alexander Hamilton and the ‘Stage Creole’ in the Political Plays of the Early American Republic”

12:30-2:00 Lunch (on own)

Session 4:
Bodies of Knowledge
Chair: Katherine Paugh, University of Pennsylvania

Papers: Kelly Wisecup, University of Maryland
“‘The Communication Commonly Call’d, Inoculation of the Small-Pox’: Print, Medicine, and the Politics of Scientific Knowledge in the Boston Inoculation Controversy”

Kathryn A. Ostrofsky, University of Pennsylvania
“‘All Things Righted’: Race and the Haitian Revolution During Philadelphia’s 1793
Yellow Fever Epidemic”

Eric Otremba, University of Minnesota
“Representations of Sugar Production in the Atlantic World”


MCEAS Seminar
4-6 pm
Elizabeth Dillon, Department of English, Northeastern University
“‘Lost, Stolen or Strayed’: Performing Order and Disorder in the Atlantic Colonial World”
Professor Dillon’s paper will be pre-circulated to conference registrants and should be read by all who attend.

6-7 pm

Saturday, September 29, 2007
McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk

Coffee and Bagels

Session 5: Atlantic Trade Networks
Chair: Charles R. Foy, Eastern Illinois University

Papers: Adam Mendelsohn, Brandeis University
“Tongue Ties: The Transformation of the Jewish Diaspora in the Atlantic World, 1800-1850”

Michelle M. Mormul, University of Delaware
“Ethnicity and Commerce: Philadelphia’s German Linen Merchant Community during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars”

Caitlin A. Fitz, Yale University
“U.S. Merchants and Brazilian Independence”

Session 6: Embattled Borderlands
Chair: Alison Olson, University of Maryland

Papers: Patrick Spero, University of Pennsylvania
“Crafting Opportunity out of Conflict: The Conojocular War, 1732-1736”

Elizabeth Hornor, SUNY Stony Brook
“‘The Distraction of the Poor Women:’ Empire and Community at Fort Cumberland during the summer of 1755”

Michael Bradley McCoy, University of Pittsburgh/SUNY Orange
“Monsters and Money-Making Machines: Civilization, Barbarism, and the Transition to Capitalism in the Pennsylvania Borderlands, 1750-1800”

12:30-2:00 Lunch (on own)

Session 7: Consuming Communities
Chair: Robb Haberman, University of Connecticut

Papers: Joshua Calhoun, University of Delaware
“Biography and the Sociology of Fibers: Rags, Paper, and Reading in Early America”
Sandy Perot, University of Massachusetts
“‘Till God awoke Thee’: The Commodification of Death and Community Building in Eighteenth-Century Rural New England”

Samantha Dorsey, University of Delaware
“What May then the Reason Be”

Keynote Speaker
4:00-6:00 pm
Karen Kupperman, Silver Professor, Department of History, New York University “Achieving Community in Early English Colonization”

6:00-7:00 pm

All panels are free and open to the public.  For more information or to register, call MCEAS at 215-898-9251.

Conference mail can be directed to MCEAS Conflict and Community in Early America Conference, University of Pennsylvania, 3355 Woodland Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531.  For more information or to register, visit the conference website at:

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies University of Pennsylvania
3355 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531
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