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 … Continue reading SHEAR 2011: Conclusion and Thoughts on Technology

SHEAR 2011: Crafting Gender Identity

Birte Pfleger was unable to attend our panel because of budget cuts in the California's State University system took away travel funds. (Boo, California!) So, Sue Stanfield (University of Iowa) and I were left on our own. Cathy Kelly from the University of Oklahoma chaired and commented. Sue Stanfield's paper centered on household advice, particularly that … Continue reading SHEAR 2011: Crafting Gender Identity

SHEAR 2011: The People and the Constitution

Note: Once again, this is a hurried summary of the panel. Apologies in advance for errors of fact or interpretation. Rosemarie Zagarri (George Mason University) chaired the Friday afternoon roundtable on the U.S. Constitution. The panelists were Richard Beeman (University of Pennsylvania); Pauline Maier (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); John Kaminski (University of Wisconsin); and Stephanie … Continue reading SHEAR 2011: The People and the Constitution

SHEAR 2011: Fugitive Slaves

These posts are written from notes that may be incomplete or that may not contain the nuances that the presenters and commenters conveyed. I'm also trying to finish this post before I dash off to lunch, so caveat emptor, readers. At one of the 10:30 sessions, moderated by Michael A. Morrison, Jonathan Daniels Wells (Temple … Continue reading SHEAR 2011: Fugitive Slaves

SHEAR 2011: Off to a Fast Start

I made it to Philadelphia yesterday, but only by a whisker. Lines at Nashville International were packed; in fact, I've never seen an airport so busy during a non-holiday period. Thankfully, I made it on my direct flight on time. A pesky headache and plugged-up ears from the flight kept me from attending the plenary … Continue reading SHEAR 2011: Off to a Fast Start

Andrew Jackson’s Advice About Masculinity to His Male Wards

I'm looking forward to presenting at next week's Society for Historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR) meeting in Philadelphia, a conference, by the way, that does not suffer from many of these problems. I'll do my best to blog and tweet during the conference, in between attending panels and losing money to Jim Broussard and … Continue reading Andrew Jackson’s Advice About Masculinity to His Male Wards

Teasing My Research

No, not the kindergarten brand of teasing. I'm excited about presenting some of my Jackson research at this summer's SHEAR and this fall's Southern. At this year's SHEAR, which meets in Philadelphia, I'll be presenting a paper entitled, "Masculinity and Familial Relations in the Early Republic South: A Study of Andrew Jackson’s Advice to His … Continue reading Teasing My Research

Fall 2010 Issue of Journal of the Early Republic

Somewhat belatedly on my part, here is what's in the latest issue of the JER: Articles Philippe R. Girard, "Trading Races: Joseph and Marie Bunel, a Diplomat and a Merchant in Revolutionary Saint-Domingue and Philadelphia." Brian Rouleau, "Maritime Destiny as Manifest Destiny: American Commercial Expansionism and the Idea of the Indian." Brian Connolly, "'Every Family Become … Continue reading Fall 2010 Issue of Journal of the Early Republic


I'm revising my earlier statement about the SHEAR program this year. I thought that there wouldn't be much of interest to me, but all of the panels that I attended were exceptionally well done and provoked much thought. Never underestimate those Early Republic historians!  Two panels that I attended dealt with different aspects of abolitionism. … Continue reading Abolitionism/Anti-abolitionism

The Digital Republic

I attended a SHEAR session this morning dedicated to the "Digital Republic." The panelists discussed a number of different pedagogical tools to engage students in studying the Early Republic using new media technology. There was also quite a bit of conversation about the technological divide between what students are supposed to know and what they actually do … Continue reading The Digital Republic