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Friday, April 7  
9:00 am--10:30 am

Bonds of Reflection: Tracing the Imagined Community in Early America
Solicited by the Society for U.S. Intellectual History

Chair: Andrew Schocket, Bowling Green State University
Commentator: Margaret Sankey, Air War College

Let Us Not Sell Our Birthrights: Mapping Black Theo-Political Thought during the American Revolution

Jessica Parr, University of New Hampshire, Manchester
Exploring the Early American Intellectual Archipelago, 1783–1815
Jonathan Wilson, University of Scranton

The Myth Makers: Entrepreneurs for American Unity in and around the War of 1812
Eran Zelnik, University of California, Davis


Circulating American and European Images of Father Kino: History and Public Memory of Jesuit Missions and the Spanish Northwestern Frontier, 1650–1750

Chair and Commentator: Karl Jacoby, Columbia University

The Pageant of Father Kino: History and Public Memory from the Boltonian "Padre on Horseback" of Progressive America to Contemporary Rituals of Popular Culture in Arizona, Sonora, and Trentino
Alessandra Lorini, University of Florence

When the Apaches Were the Devil. The Diplomatic Activity of Father Kino, Borderland Missionary
Serena Luzzi, University of Trento

Indians and Jesuits in Northern New Spain: 18th-Century Encounters and Clashes
Carlos Manuel Valdes, Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila


From War for Independence to Revolutionary War
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on National Park Service Collaboration

Chair: Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Commentators: Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Travis Glasson, Temple University

Making Peace before Paris: Ordinary Americans Negotiate the End of the Revolutionary War
Donald Johnson, North Dakota State University

To "Hold Myself in Readiness": Contemplations of Canada in the American Revolutionary War
Jacqueline Reynoso, Cornell University

"No Complaints can be made of Military Oppression . . . and quiet submission [will] follow": The Role of Hybrid Civil-Military Governments in the British Army's Southern Strategy, 1779–1781
John Roche, United States Air Force Academy

The American Revolution as the End of a Century of Military Buildup: The View from Groton, Massachusetts
Barry Levy, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Emergent Forms of Religious Practice in the Early Americas

Chair: Alexandre Dubé, Washington University in St. Louis
Commentator: Emily Clark, Tulane University

Creating the Cajuns: Religious Practice among Acadians and Africans in Colonial Louisiana, 1765–1803
Nicole Gilhuis, University of California, Los Angeles

Confirming Adherence to Catholicism in Seventeenth-Century New France
Stephanie Pettigrew, University of New Brunswick

"One Single Nation": Sacred Gestures and French Colonial Claims in Northern Brazil
Celine Carayon, Salisbury University

Sights and Sounds of Wondrous Bodies: Indigenous Religions in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Caribbean
Heather Miyano Kopelson, University of Alabama


11:00 am--12:30 pm

Rethinking Indian Removal
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on National Park Service Collaboration

Chair and Commentator: Nicholas Guyatt, University of Cambridge
Evading Removal in the American South, c. 1812–1860
Jane Dinwoodie, Oxford University

The Treaty of Fire Prairie and the Roots of Removal
Lauren Brand, Rice University

Removal's Long Shadow: Roots of the Cherokee-Confederate Alliance, 1840–1861
Chelsea Frazier, University of Oklahoma


Indigenous Mobility on Early American Waterways
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories and the Midwestern History Association

Chair: Margaret Connell-Szasz, University of New Mexico
Commentator: Josh Reid, University of Washington

"I Barricade the River to Defeat the Enemy": Mobility and Power in the Illinois Country
Jacob Lee, Indiana University

Lakota Networks in the Missouri River Watershed, 1775–1823
Christopher Steinke, University of Nebraska at Kearney

Beyond the Wide Missouri: Indigenous Mobility and Control of the Yellowstone River Drainage
Joseph Gaudet, University of Michigan



Saturday, April 8  
9:00 am--10:30 am Economic Circulations in the Early American Republic
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Community Colleges and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)

Economies are constituted by flows of goods, information, cash, and credit, in more or less complex patterns. If the system is working, these flows eventually form a circuit that can be continually reiterated. Historians, as well as economists, have sought to understand how such circulations work, how they fit together, and how they change over time. We also want to know how they were embedded in the rest of society.

Partly spurred on by the recent global financial crisis and renewed interest in the history of capitalism, new work on these questions has flourished recently—including provocative new analyses of the role of enslaved human beings. This roundtable brings together historians of the early American Republic, drawing on their work on merchants, lawyers, speculators, slaves, and the state, to discuss the theory and history of economic circulations and the power and limits of "circulation" as an economic metaphor.
Chair: Cathy Matson, University of Delaware
Panelists:
• Tom Cutterham, University of Birmingham
• Gautham Rao, American University
• Jessica Lepler, University of New Hampshire
• Cathy Matson, University of Delaware
• John Clegg, New York University


Understandings of Aging Men in the Revolutionary Atlantic World
Endorsed by the Committee on Disability and Disability History

Chair: Sheila Skemp, University of Mississippi
Commentator: Vivian Bruce Conger, Ithaca College

"[H]is gray hairs & his decrepitude bear witness": Age and Disability among Pensioned Revolutionary War Veterans
Benjamin Irvin, University of Arizona

Age and Authority in Maroon Communities
Ruma Chopra, San Jose State University

"An old man is but the lame shadow of that which once he was": The Diminishment of Aged Men in Revolutionary America
Rebecca Brannon, James Madison University


Teaching Early Louisiana and Colonialism in the U.S. History Survey Classroom
Solicited by the College Board
This session explores how instructors can incorporate the latest research on early Louisiana into AP or college-level U.S. history survey courses. The presenters will focus on current understandings of Louisiana as a critical crossroads within the Atlantic World. The earliest efforts at colonization of the interior of North America came from the south in the form of Spanish expeditions and from the north in the form of French ones—paths that intersected in Louisiana. How might we link the stories of New Orleans and Natchitoches to those of Jamestown and Plymouth in the teaching of U.S. history? The teaching materials and lessons will address how the models of "frontier exchange economies," "middle grounds," and "native grounds" associated with Louisiana are helpful for understanding colonial processes across North America.
Chair: Lawrence Charap, College Board
Panelists:
• Billie Clemens, Swain County High School
• Juliana Barr, Duke University

11:00 am--12:30 pm What about Early America?

It's a commonplace for early Americanists to note or bemoan the lack of panels focused on the eighteenth century and before at OAH conferences. In Judith Bennett's 2006 History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism she cited a sharp trend in historical work and in women's history particularly toward the twentieth century, even the late twentieth century.

It seems a fair question where and how early America fits within American history—is the OAH conundrum a replication of the survey problem—that is, is it a problem of the nation's history that can't easily accommodate a period that isn't a prehistory? Or is there more than chronology and national history at stake? In this roundtable five senior early Americanists talk about the issues of how the early American field has been shaped and why and how it relates—when it does—to American history write large.
Chair: Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
Panelists:
• Catherine Kelly, University of Oklahoma
• Peter Mancall, University of Southern California
• Jennifer L. Morgan, New York University
• Claudio Saunt, University of Georgia


2:00 pm--3:30 pm The Politics and Profit of Printed Images in the Early United States

Chair: Christopher Lukasik, Purdue University
Commentator: Mary Kelley, University of Michigan

Revolutionary Devils: Ideology, Image, and Emotion in the American Revolution
Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware

Being Original: Music in the Massachusetts Magazine, 1788–1792
Glenda Goodman, University of Pennsylvania

City Plans and Capital Designs: Ancient Past as Urban Future in the Early National Northwest
Whitney Martinko, Villanova University