SHEAR 2013: The Social Media Initiative and Final Thoughts

Conference coordinator Craig Friend, the program committee, and the local arrangements committee are to be commended for putting together a fantastic SHEAR conference. The Southern, which will be held in St. Louis this fall, will have a lot to live up to in terms of expectations. Caleb McDaniel and I were able to speak to …

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SHEAR 2013: Mourning Politics in the Early Republic

 I bounced around panels on Saturday, not something I normally do, but there were different papers that I wanted to hear in different panels. For that reason, I wasn't able to take notes like I had been. The only paper that I took notes on was WVU's Joseph M. Rizzo's “Antipartyism, American Republicanism, and the Remembrance …

SHEAR 2013: Biography, Race, and Gender in the Early Republic

I've never been able to pay close enough attention to other talks given during one of my panels, so I hope Susan Brandt and Gabriel Loiacono will forgive me for not attempting to encapsulate their papers. Joanne Pope Melish offered the comments on the panel. Regarding my paper, she answered one of the questions that …

SHEAR 2013: National Republicans in 2013

With Richard John on a flight back from China, Gene Smith stepped in to chair the session. Don Ratcliffe kicked things off by providing a definition of National Republicans. He started by describing national republicanism, which he dated from 1806 because of approval of the Cumberland Road and the foreign wars in Europe. He argued …

SHEAR 2013: Jacksonian Democrats and the South

For the fourth year in a row, I'm going to attempt to blog some of the panels that I attend. (You can find my previous attempts at blogging SHEAR panels by searching "SHEAR [year]" in the search box to the right.) As always, please forgive any errors as I write on the fly. Illness prevented …

“Gender and Memory among Andrew Jackson’s Slaves: The Example of ‘Aunt’ Hannah”

As I have in the past, I am posting a link to my upcoming conference presentation at this year's SHEAR conference in St. Louis. The paper will be part of a Friday afternoon panel entitled, "Hannah, 'One-Eyed Sarah,' and Sarah Bass: Biography, Race, and Gender in the Early Republic and Caribbean." I plan to blog about …

What You Missed This Summer at Jacksonian America

Looking back, Summer 2012 at Jacksonian America wasn't very Jacksonian. My summer reading list dictated the topic of many of the posts. If you're looking for some reading material, here's a look at the past couple of months. My summer reading list included several books on fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity. You can find my reviews …

SHEAR and the Future of Social Media

As announced in the May 2012  Journal of Southern History, the Southern Historical Association and H-South are working together to formalize what SHEARTites have been advocating since last year's conference (discussed here and here): an initiative that recognizes and embraces advances in technology, including the use of social media. In March, I mentioned that H-Net was implementing a …

Update on SHEAR and Social Media

Following last summer's SHEAR conference, several SHEAR members, including me, recommended that the organization embrace social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging. In response, President Drew Cayton and the executive council allowed a working group to draft a proposal recommending steps to be taken. As I understand it, there will be an opportunity to discuss …

SHEAR 2011: Conclusion and Thoughts on Technology

Harry Watson's presidential address was held at the Racquet Club. Originally, Watson was supposed to talk about Andrew Jackson, but after a ghostly visitation from Old Hickory, he decided to discuss race and southern antebellum education reform. (Jackson was likely scary enough in person; can you imagine him as an apparition?) The banquet afterwards was …