August

Brown Bag The Puritan Imagination in Antislavery New England 24 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kenyon Gradert, Washington University in St. Louis The Puritans of seventeenth-century New England generally had few objections to slavery. Those of ...

The Puritans of seventeenth-century New England generally had few objections to slavery. Those of their descendants who flocked to the antislavery cause from 1830 to the American Civil War were far from their Puritan ancestors in political and religious belief. Yet these two historical facts clash with a puzzling third: New England abolitionists constantly invoked their Puritan ancestry in their writings and speeches as a reason to resist slavery, and their opponents nearly as often insulted and condemned abolitionists as "puritanical." This talk will explore why antebellum Americans reached for the Puritans in the fight against slavery and why this matters for scholarship of American history and culture.

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September
Brown Bag To Serve and Grow: Catholic and Protestant Youth Volunteering in America, 1934-1973 7 September 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chris Staysniak, Boston College This project explores the development of youth volunteering in the United States in the twentieth ...

This project explores the development of youth volunteering in the United States in the twentieth century. Although this phenomenon is most closely associated with the Peace Corps, it was pioneered much earlier by a constellation of Catholic and Protestant organizations starting in the 1930s. In addition to charting the growth of youth volunteer programs, this project shows how the development of the volunteer was always as important as the actual service work he or she provided.

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October
Brown Bag Reading Textiles as Text: An Examination of Pre-1750s Survivals at MHS 5 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire This project sets the experiences of fashion, consumerism, and consumption within a cosmopolitan ...

This project sets the experiences of fashion, consumerism, and consumption within a cosmopolitan Atlantic world that carried the elegant fancies of fashionable London to the gentility of provincial British America. The garments and textiles housed at the MHS offer insights into the ongoing debate over the process of Anglicization in pre-Revolutionary America. Particular attention will be paid to the textiles associated with the Byles and Hancock families in Boston.

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Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and ...

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot ...

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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November
Brown Bag The Long Life of Yazoo: Land Speculation, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1789-1840 2 November 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley How did northern investors, financial markets, land speculation, and the law shape the dynamics of ...

How did northern investors, financial markets, land speculation, and the law shape the dynamics of Indian dispossession, territorial expansion, and slavery in the Deep South during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? This research uses the Yazoo land sales to explore these questions. By providing a deep history of the Yazoo sales that focuses on the motives, strategies, and networks of speculators in Yazoo lands, as well as the particular political and economic context from which the sales emerged and in which their legal afterlife unfolded, this project offers new insights into the transformation of the Southeastern borderlands and emergence of the Cotton Kingdom.

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Brown Bag The Puritan Imagination in Antislavery New England this event is free 24 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kenyon Gradert, Washington University in St. Louis

The Puritans of seventeenth-century New England generally had few objections to slavery. Those of their descendants who flocked to the antislavery cause from 1830 to the American Civil War were far from their Puritan ancestors in political and religious belief. Yet these two historical facts clash with a puzzling third: New England abolitionists constantly invoked their Puritan ancestry in their writings and speeches as a reason to resist slavery, and their opponents nearly as often insulted and condemned abolitionists as "puritanical." This talk will explore why antebellum Americans reached for the Puritans in the fight against slavery and why this matters for scholarship of American history and culture.

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Brown Bag To Serve and Grow: Catholic and Protestant Youth Volunteering in America, 1934-1973 this event is free 7 September 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chris Staysniak, Boston College

This project explores the development of youth volunteering in the United States in the twentieth century. Although this phenomenon is most closely associated with the Peace Corps, it was pioneered much earlier by a constellation of Catholic and Protestant organizations starting in the 1930s. In addition to charting the growth of youth volunteer programs, this project shows how the development of the volunteer was always as important as the actual service work he or she provided.

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Brown Bag Reading Textiles as Text: An Examination of Pre-1750s Survivals at MHS this event is free 5 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire

This project sets the experiences of fashion, consumerism, and consumption within a cosmopolitan Atlantic world that carried the elegant fancies of fashionable London to the gentility of provincial British America. The garments and textiles housed at the MHS offer insights into the ongoing debate over the process of Anglicization in pre-Revolutionary America. Particular attention will be paid to the textiles associated with the Byles and Hancock families in Boston.

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Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera this event is free 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

close
Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment this event is free 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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Brown Bag The Long Life of Yazoo: Land Speculation, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1789-1840 this event is free 2 November 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley

How did northern investors, financial markets, land speculation, and the law shape the dynamics of Indian dispossession, territorial expansion, and slavery in the Deep South during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? This research uses the Yazoo land sales to explore these questions. By providing a deep history of the Yazoo sales that focuses on the motives, strategies, and networks of speculators in Yazoo lands, as well as the particular political and economic context from which the sales emerged and in which their legal afterlife unfolded, this project offers new insights into the transformation of the Southeastern borderlands and emergence of the Cotton Kingdom.

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