What’s in a Name? Writing Identity in Early American History

Solicited by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR)

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Type: Lightning Round

Tags: Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality; Theory and Methodology

Abstract

This roundtable asks presenters and audience to reflect upon the words and forms we use when we write about the past.  As particular words and forms fall in and out of favor, this roundtable seeks to interrogate how our word choices facilitate or constrain a rich understanding of people in the past.  The roundtable asks what are the best practices now, in 2021, for authors to follow? Panelists have committed to speak on the following terms: “disability,” “enslaved/slave,” "convict/incarcerated person,” “they/them,” “African American/Black” and “Native American/Indigenous."

Papers Presented

Enslaved/Slave

Presented By
John N. Blanton, The City College of New York, City University of New York

Incarcerated Person/Convict

Presented By
Michael Haggerty, University of California, Davis

They/Them

Presented By
Greta L . LaFleur, Yale University

African American/Black

Presented By
Elise A. Mitchell, New York University

Indigenous/Native American

Session Participants

Chair: Jessica Choppin Roney, Temple University

Chair: Nora Slonimsky, Iona College/Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

Presenter: John N. Blanton, The City College of New York, City University of New York

Panelist: Michael Haggerty, University of California, Davis

Panelist: Greta L . LaFleur, Yale University

Panelist: Elise A. Mitchell, New York University