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Schedule


The Early American Seminar's regular meetings take place on Tuesday afternoons, approximately every other Tuesday during the academic year, at the Jefferson Library at the Robert H. Smith Center for International Studies. The EAS also sponsors other events, including a couple of seminars per semester on the grounds of the University of Virginia, conducted via videoconference with early Americanists at the University of Edinburgh.


Spring 2016


April 26, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Jessica Cook (Ph.D. Student, University of Virginia), "Geography of a Massacre: Cherokee and Carolinian Visions of Land at Long Cane"; Hannah Tucker (Ph.D. Student, University of Virginia), "Connecting the Kingdom: Captains' Discretion, Conversation, and Partnership in the Transatlantic Tobacco Trade, 1720-1776"


April 19, 5:00pm, Kenwood Parlor (ICJS)

Adele McInerney (Ph.D. Student, University of Virginia), "'Designing Incendiaries': The Haitian Revolution and white Americans' fears of arson in early American cities."


April 12, 5:00pm, Kenwood Parlor (ICJS)

[Special Joint Session with Transatlantic Seminar]

Ryan McGuinness (Ph.D. Candiate, University of Edinburgh),"The Barbadian Import and Export Trade, 1680-1700"


March 22, 5:00pm, Bryan Hall (UVA)

Nicole Schroeder (Ph.D. Student, University of Virginia), "'Incurable Defects': Physical Disability in Philadelphia, 1730-1830"


March 15, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Mike McDonnell (Professor, University of Sidney), "War Stories: Reinterpreting the American Revolution"


March 1, 5:00pm, Bryan Hall (UVA)

Shira Lurie (Ph.D. Student, University of Virginia), "'Duped by the Clamour and Rage of Party': Conspiracy, Masculinity, and Partisanship in the Founding Era"


February 16, 5:00pm, Nau Hall (UVA)

Elizabeth Klaczynski (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Pets, Identity, and Image in Eighteenth-Century Britain"


February 2, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Lindsay Chervinsky (Ph.D. Candidate, U.C. Berkeley), "Setting Expectations: The Constitutional Convention, the State Ratification Conventions, and the Early Years of Washington's Presidency"


Fall 2015


December 8, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy (Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello), "The British Empire and the Origins of the American Revolution"


December 1, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Jessica Cook, Adele McInerney, and Hannah Tucker (Ph.D. Students, University of Virginia), Masters's Essay Proposals


November 3, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

David Grant Smith (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Bringing the Church Back In, Or: Why We Need an Institutional History of New England"


October 20, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Melissa Gismondi (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "'On Our Innocent': Writing Women into Tennessee Frontier Warfare"


October 13, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Jim Hrdlicka (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "'The Attachment of the People': The Massachusetts Charter, the French and Indian War, and the Coming of the American Revolution"


October 6, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Mary Draper (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Feeding Cities, Firing Sugar-Works: Creating and Securing the Caribbean's Maritime Hinterlands"


September 22, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Scott Miller (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), Dissertation Prospectus: "A Merchant's Republic: Depression, Independence, and the Development of American Capitalism, 1760-1807"


September 8, 5:00pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Adrian Brettle (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "'Trust in the Instincts of Empire' Or Why Confederates Continued to Plan for an Imperial Future in 1864-65"


Spring 2015


January 22, 2015, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Shira Lurie, Katie Lantz, and Alexi Garrett (Ph.D. students, University of Virginia), First-Year Paper Prospectus Workshop


January 27, 2015, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Peter S. Onuf (Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, Emeritus, University of Virginia), "Founding Friendship: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the American Experiment in Republican Government"


February 19, 2015, noon, New Cabell Hall (U.Va.)

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
John Singerton (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Edinburgh), "'The Long, Laborious, and Odious Task': The Struggle for Recognition Between the Habsburg Monarchy and the United States, 1776-1778" (University of Edinburgh)


March 17, 2015, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Jessica Roney (Associate Professor of History, Temple University), "Gods of the Mountains: Settler Sovereignty and State Making after the American Revolution"


April 2, 2015, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

David Grant Smith (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "'The Ancient and Primitive Church'"


April 14, 2015, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Alexi Garrett (Ph.D. student, University of Virginia), "'I Have Yet Much to Say About the Negroes': Catharine Flood McCall's Nail Factory and Slave Renting Enterprises in Early Republican Virginia"


April 16, 2015, noon, New Cabell Hall (U.Va.)

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Mairin Odle (Ph.D. Candidate, New York University), "Pricing the Part: Commodifying and Displaying Scalps"


April 21, 2015, 4:30pm, Nau Hall Room 342 (U.Va.)

Stephanie Lawton (Ph.D. student, University of Virginia), "Substance or Window-Dressing?: Classical Conceptions of Patriotic Citizenship in the Eulogies of George Washington and Andrew Jackson"


April 23, 2015, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Katie Lantz (Ph.D. student, University of Virginia), "Contested Futures: Anishinaabeg and American Societies in the Great Lakes, 1790-1840"


April 30, 2015, 4:30pm, Nau Hall Room 342 (U.Va.))

Shira Lurie (Ph.D. student, University of Virginia), "Liberty Poles, Partisan Politics, and the Struggle for the American Revolution's Legacy in Pennsylvania"



Fall 2014


September 16, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Ari Kelman (McCabe Greer Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University), "Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War"


September 23, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Greg May (Independent Scholar), "Albert Gallatin and the Whiskey Rebellion"


October 7, 2014, 4:30pm, Gibson Hall Room 211 (U.Va.)

William M. Ferraro (Associate Editor, The Papers of George Washington), "Standing Against Corruption and Favoritism: Benjamin Rush and George Washington During the Revolutionary and Founding Eras"


October 9, 2014, noon, New Cabell Hall (U.Va.)

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Brian Schoen (Associate Professor of History, Ohio University), "Statecraft and Secession: The Problem of American Nationhood in an Era of Global Crisis" (University of Edinburgh)


October 14, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Johann Neem (Professor of History, Western Washington University), "Education in the Age of the Self-Made American"


October 28, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Nancy Isenberg (Professor of History, Louisiana State University), "Cracker Country: The Squatter as Common Man"


November 11, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Natalie Zacek (Senior Lecturer in American Studies, University of Manchester, UK), "A Trickster Makes His World: The Creole Performances of Samuel Augustus Mathews"


December 4, 2014, noon, New Cabell Hall (U.Va.)

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Scott C. Miller (Ph.D. student, University of Virginia), "Women in the Arena: Virginia's First Female Bond Investors, 1790-1835"


December 9, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Mary Draper (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "The Urban World of the Early Modern British Caribbean"


December 9, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Melissa Gismondi (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "The Character of a Wife: Gender, Power, and Prestige in Rachel Jackson's Early America, 1760s-1820s"



Spring 2014


January 21, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Christa Dierkshiede (Historian, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies), "Slave Hiring at Jefferson's Monticello"


January 30, 2014, noon, New Cabell Hall (U.Va.)

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Ryan McGuinness (Ph.D. student, University of Edinburgh), "'Proceed to Cartagena': A Re-Evaluation of Littleton's 'Grievances' in Regard to the Barbadian Slave Trade, 1680-1700" (University of Edinburgh)


February 4, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

D. H. Dilbeck (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Francis Lieber and his Moral Vision of Just Warfare" [the Union war effort in the American Civil War]


February 18, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Mary Hicks (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "African and Creole Sailors, Petty Trading and the South Atlantic Exchange" [between Brazil and West Africa]


March 4, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Kristen McCabe Lashua (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "A Global Answer to the Plight of London's Children" [in seventeenth century North America]


March 18, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Kate Brown (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Creating the 'Commercial Republic': Neutrality and Law in the American Courts, 1793-1815" [the legal career of Alexander Hamilton]


March 27, 2014, noon, New Cabell Hall (U.Va.)

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Mary Draper (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Crawl to Market: Port Royal and the Transformation of the Turtling Trade"


April 1, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Scott Miller (Ph.D. student, University of Virginia), "'Never Did I See So Universal a Frenzy': Mania and Crisis in Philadelphia During the Panic of 1791"


April 15, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Louis Nelson (Associate Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia), "Castles of Fear" [part of an architectural history of 18th-century Jamaica]


April 22, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

Jeff Zvengrowski (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Jefferson Davis, the Democratic Party, and the First Bonaparte Emperor"


May 6, 2014, 4:30pm, Jefferson Library (ICJS)

James Hrdlicka (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "The Articles of Confederation in Massachusetts"



Fall 2013


September 10, 2013

David Grant Smith (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "The History of New England: Producing Historical Knowledge for a New World"


September 24, 2013

James Hrdlicka (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "War and Constitution-Making in Revolutionary Massachusetts"


October 1, 2013

Michael Johnson (Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University), "Hungry Souls: Denmark Vesey's Christian Community"


October 10, 2013

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Matthew P. Dziennik (Fellow, University of Edinburgh), "New York's Refugees and Sovereignty During the War for American Independence"


October 22, 2013

Adrian Brettle (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "'The Bulwark Against Tyranny': the conservative Confederacy, January to the fall of 1864"


October 29, 2013

David T. Flaherty (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Sovereignty and Empire: The Peace of Utrecht and the Process of Empire-Building in the British Atlantic"


November 12, 2013

Jeff Zvengrowski (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "John C. Calhoun and the Origins of Jefferson Davis's Francophile American Nationalism"


November 14, 2013

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Frank Garmon (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "State Taxes, Wealth, and Public Debt after the American Revolution, 1783-1815"


December 3, 2013

Jason E. Farr (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Peripheries and Power in Provincial North Carolina"



Spring 2013


January 15, 2013

Paul Polgar (Ph.D. Candidate, City University of New York), "The Liberty of the Blacks Will Be Defended: Reframing Gradual Emancipation"


January 29, 2013

Frank Cirillo (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Struggling Over the Sage: The Jefferson Image in the Abolitionist Mind, 1826-1860"


February 12, 2013

William Ferraro (Associate Editor, The Papers of George Washington), "A Product of the Old Northwest: Boyhood in Ohio, 1822-1839," part of a biography of Ulysses S. Grant


February 19, 2013

Randi Lewis Flaherty (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "For Enterprise and Empire: The Atlantic Commerce of Salem, Massachusetts in the 1760s"


March 5, 2013

Jennie Jeppesen (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Melbourne), "The Convict Trade in Virginia"


March 19, 2013

David T. Flaherty (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "Building an Imperial Interest: Strategies of Shaping the British Atlantic in the 1720s and 1730s"


March 21, 2013

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Nicholas P. Wood (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "The Missouri Crisis and the 'Changed Object' of the American Colonization Society"


April 4, 2013

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
Graeme Thomson (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Glasgow), "'The Polaris of our political order': The Declaration of Independence in U.S. presidential rhetoric since 1945"


April 9, 2013

Susan Stearns (Assistant Professor of History, Mary Baldwin College), "Rumors, Reality, and Realpolitik: Spanish Officials and Sovereignty in the American Southwest"


April 16, 2013

Jim Ambuske (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "'The Attachment of our Common People to their Native Country is Enfeebled or Destroyed': Emigration and Imperial Crisis in Scotland, 1770-1775"


April 18, 2013

(videoseminar with University of Edinburgh)
James Hrdlicka (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia), "The 'Excellent Constitution' and the Confederation: Massachusetts, 1780-87"


April 30, 2013

Jessica Lowe (Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia), "Assistance of the Court," from Murder in the Shenandoah: Commonwealth v. John Crane and Law in Federal Virginia