Ohio Seminar Schedule

Ohio Seminar in Early American History and Culture 2017-18 Schedule 

This year the Ohio Seminar will be offering seminars in its traditional format, and in association with the Modern American Program and the Center for Historical Research Program in “Revolutions.”   We welcome all faculty and students with an interest in early American studies, and also in the broader interest in wider comparative topics that this working group is developing.   Graduate students in Early American History are strongly urged to attend.

Joint Early and Modern American Seminar:
Sept. 1: Staunton Lynd, Attorney, Independent Scholar
"Unresolved Issues in 'People's History.'"
168 Dulles Hall, Department of History, Ohio State, 230 Annie and John Glenn Way

The “Joint Early and Modern American Seminar” is a new initiative: an occasional combined meeting of the American history seminars when the presentation is of consequence to the entire American field.

Ohio Seminar in Early American History:
Oct 27: Jason Phillips, University of West Virginia
"John Brown's Pikes: Assembling the Future in Antebellum America"
3:00-4:30PM            168 Dulles Hall

Center for Historical Research and the Ohio Seminar in Early American History:
Nov. 3: Robert Parkinson, Binghamton University:
"Making 'the cause' common: Race and Nation in the American Revolution"
3:00-4:30PM            168 Dulles Hall

Ohio Seminar in Early American History:
Feb. 23: Christina Snyder, Penn State University:
"Slavery after the Civil War: The Slow Death and Many Afterlives of Bondage"​
3:00-4:30PM            168 Dulles Hall

Abstract: Recent scholarship has uncovered slavery in surprising places: colonial Santa Fe, Ivy League campuses, St. Louis trading houses, Montreal kitchens, Cherokee plantations. This emerging historiography demonstrates that slavery was neither monolithic nor safely quarantined in the South; rather, colonialism brought disparate, ever-changing slaveries into contact with one another. In this new project, I argue that the Civil War was not the end of American slavery, but rather a major turning point leading to slavery’s decline in North America. In extending its postbellum empire, the United States claimed moral authority by fashioning itself as a liberator and civilizer, while fostering a range of near-slaveries. Indigenous slave trades persisted in the Southwest and Alaska, while California’s gold rush resulted in a population boom as well as a plurality of slaveries, including, until the 1880s, the legal debt bondage of Native Americans. Even as federal authorities attempted to eradicate some of these practices, the United States tolerated and even embraced other forms of bondage, including indentured servitude, orphan binding, and carceral labor. Slavery after the Civil War offers new vantage points on U.S. imperialism as well as slavery’s geography, periodization, development, and legacy. This talk will focus specifically on the relations between Mormon settlers and Indigenous peoples of the Great Basin, exploring how and why settlers sought to incorporate Native youth into their households as servants and/or foster children. 

Ohio Seminar in Early American History:
April 6: Sarah Kinkel, Ohio University
"The Royal Navy and Imperial State-Building in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic"
3:00-4:30PM            168 Dulles Hall