THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION             A Regional Professional Association for all historical Specializations Since 1965


SATURDAY                              UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE

APRIL 18, 2009                                            PORTLAND, MAINE


                                    SPRING CONFERENCE PROGRAM


Please note there will be an OPENING RECEPTION at the MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY,

489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine,  at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, April 17, 2009


Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 a.m. – Hannaford Hall, Lobby & Mezzanine






8:30  Session 1:  Religious Transformations  --  Room: Hannaford 109

Chair: Kristen Petersen, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Scott Marr, Boston University, "Two Churches in One City: Catholic-Huguenot Coexistence in the Work of Moise Amyraut"

Andrea Knutson, Oakland University, "Reviving New England as a Means to Faith: Thomas Shephard's Confessions as a Communal Response to Crisis"

Laura Kathryn Baines, Boston College, "Here We Stand? Revivals, Americanization and the Struggle for Lutheran Distinctiveness"

Douglas Slaybaugh, St. Michael's College, "Muscular Christianity at Oberlin: Laurence MacDaniels, Henry Churchill King, and the Work of Football as God's Work, 1890-1912"

Comment: Thomas Carty, Springfield College



8:30  Session 2:  Visions of a Better America --  Room: Hannaford 110

Chair: Ardis Cameron, University of Southern Maine


Scott Gelber, Wheaton College, “Higher Education in Hard Times Past: Populism and Academia during the Gilded Age”

Mark Robbins, Brown University, “Ending the Reign of the ‘Milk Barons’: The Legacy of Progressive Era Consumer Activism in Post-World War I Los Angeles

Howard P. Segal, University of Maine Orono, “Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, 1972-1996: Utopian Rhetoric and Reality”

Comment: Edward Rafferty, Boston University



8:30  Session 3:  Communities, Movements, and Conflict in 20th-Century Germany and Yugoslavia  --  Room Hannaford 213

Chair/Comment: Martin Menke, Rivier College


Katherine Hubler, Boston College, “The Rights of Woman and the Duties of Man: Men, Women, and the Grounding of the Modern German Women’s Movement”

Alyssa Pacy, Lesley University, “‘If You Were Not There, You Could Not Possibly Understand’: The Challenges Faced in Documenting the Holocaust Survivor Community”

Robert Niebuhr, “The Croatian Spring: Conflict and Resolution in Cold War Yugoslavia







8:30  Session 4:  Photographs, Objects, Rituals  --  Room: Hannaford 214

Chair/Comment: Laura Prieto, Simmons College


Woden Teachout, Union Institute and University, “Recasting the Past: History, Patriotism, and Hereditary Societies in the 1890s”

Anna Dempsey, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, “Selling New England: Photography and Nineteenth Century Women Artists”

Jeff Ball, University of New England, “Intersections between the Public and the Popular: The Dedication Ceremonies for the Missouri State Capitol”



8:30  Session 5:  Weapons, Ships, and Soldiers: Innovations in the Waging of War

Chair/Comment: Steven Sodergren, Norwich University                         Room: Hannaford 215


Steve Delisle, independent scholar, "Tools in Colonial Diplomacy: The Evolution of the Gorget during the Wars for Empire in North America"

Andrew Jarboe, Northeastern University, "Unheard Voice from the Front: Nonwhite Colonial Soldiers and the Creation of Trench Culture in World War I"


8:30  Session 6:  Books: Identity and Morality  --  Room: Hannaford 216

Chair/Commenter: Randall Kindleberger, University of Maine Machias


Jeremy Dibbell, Massachusetts Historical Society, "Rediscovering a Library: George Wythe's Bequest to Thomas Jefferson"

Robert Hodges, University of Maine, "Teaching Identity: Education and Moral Development in Early Loyalist New Brunswick"

Anna Cook, Simmons College, "Inspiring 'Right Feelings': Children and Childhood in Lydia Maria Child's The Mother's Book"


Break for Book Exhibit & Refreshments: 10:00-10:30 – Lobby and Mezzanine, Hannaford Hall




10:30  Session 7:  Teaching Roundtable #1: Teaching the Delightful/Dreaded Survey

Chair:  Brad Austin, Salem State College    --   Room: Hannaford 109


Nicholas J. Aieta, Westfield State College

Richard Canedo, The Lincoln School

Thomas J. Slopnick, Central Connecticut State College/Manchester Community College

Comment: Audience Discussion



10:30  Session 8:   Class and Labor in Global Perspective  --  Room: Hannaford 110

Chair: Bruce Cohen, Worcester State College


Evan Lampe, Endicott College, "Whose Global History? Reading Class into the Early American Pacific"

Jun Kinoshita, Kokugakuin University, Japan, "The Origin of the Fitchburg Plan: The  Machinist Strike of 1907"

Rob Weir, U Mass Amherst, "Out of the Streets and into the Seats: The Knights of Labor in New Zealand"

Comment: John Stoner, Binghamton University




10:30  Session 9:  American Women as Reformers and Activists 

Chair:  Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Plymouth State College   --  Room: Hannaford 213


Anne Gass, independent scholar, “Ballots for Both in the Pine Tree State: Maine’s Struggle for Woman Suffrage”

Margaux Leonard, University of New Hampshire, “The Vexing Question of the Female Delinquent: Jessie Donaldson Hodder and the Massachusetts Delinquent Law, 1911-1931”

Marcia G. Synnott, University of South Carolina, “Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers, the ‘Mother’ of the WAAC/WAC and the ‘Godmother’ of Fort Devens

Caitlin Casey, Yale University, “ ‘Where Once We Were Victims, Now We Are Rebels’: The Underground Press and the Formation of a Feminist Community”

Comment: Margaret Lowe, Bridgewater State College



10:30  Session 10:  Irish Nationalism and Imperialism  --  Room: Hannaford 214

Chair: Eric Zuelow, University of New England


Hanna Clutterbuck, Simmons College, "'England's Difficulty is Ireland's Opportunity': Irish Nationalist Use of the Boer War"

Mark Doyle, Amherst College, "The Sepoys of the Pound and Sandy Row: Imperialism and Sectarianism in Mid-Victorian Belfast"

Rachel Searcy, Simmons College, "'God Bless Thee, Grace Plunkett': The Nationalist Prescription for Gender in 1916"

Comment: Michael Chapman, Boston College



10:30  Session 11:  Fishers of Men: Historical Perspectives on Protestant Missionaries in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 

Chair: Peter Holloran, Worcester State College   --  Room: Hannaford 215


Paul Burlin, “Internal Missionary Controversies in Hawai’i, 1820-1845”

Bridie Minehan, “Culture, Ethnicity, and Medical Missionary Work: The Career of Wong Fun (Huang Kuan), 1829-1878”

Virginia Metaxas, “Medical Women, Missionary and Secular, in Early Twentieth-Century Turkey and Greece

Comment: Clifford Putney, Bentley College


10:30 Session 12: Political Leadership in Nineteenth-Century America

Chair: Susan Ouellette, St. Michael’s College   --  Room: Hannaford 216


Jeffrey Malanson, Boston College, “’Washington or Kossuth?’: Washington’s Farewell Address and American Principles of Foreign Policy in the Popular Mind, 1851-1852”

Kenneth Deitrich, West Virginia University, “The ‘Sumner-Brooks Affair’ of 1856”

Lawrence Kennedy, The University of Scranton, “Leadership in Boston Irish Politics: The Young Patrick Collins”

Comment: John Zaborney, University of Maine Presque Isle


10:30 Session 13:   New England Association of Oral History: The Uses of Oral History  --  Room: TBA

John Sutherland, Manchester (Connecticut) Community College (emeritus) and past President of the New England Association of Oral History




Presidential Address

Ballard Campbell, Northeastern University, “Authors versus Academics: Reflections on Historical Writing”





1:30  Session 14:   Teaching Roundtable #2: Beyond the State – Rethinking the Study of Global History  --  Room: Hannaford 109

Chair: Stephen Ortega, Simmons College

Tom Anderson, Binghamton University, “Global Phenomena and the Making of Global History”

Thomas Rushford, George Mason University, “Through a Thin Wire: Teaching Global History Utilizing Digital Humanities”

Derek Lan, Binghamton University, “Social History in a Global Perspective: Moving Beyond the Nation-State”

Comment: audience discussion



1:30  Session 15:  Definitions and Dichotomies in the Environmental History of the Northeast  --  Room: Hannaford 110

Chair: Richard Judd, University of Maine


Robert Gee, University of Maine, “Ecological Protectionism: Resource Regulation and Treaty Law in the Late Nineteenth Century North Atlantic Fisheries”

Abby Davis, University of Maine, “The Evolution of the Appalachian Trail Idea, 1921-1968”

Dale Potts, Colby College and University of Maine, “ ‘Community within Nature’: Northern Agrarianism, Environmental Preservation, and the Farm Literature of New England, 1930-1950”

James Passanisi, University of Maine, “Re-defining Wildness: The Wilderness Idea and Eastern National Forests, 1964-1975”

Comment: Blake Harrison, Southern Connecticut State University


1:30  Session 16:   Immigrants and Travelers  --  Room: Hannaford 213

Chair: Laurie Crumpacker, Simmons College


Patrick Leehey, Paul Revere House, "Huguenot Refugees in Boston: The Faneuils and the Reveres, a Class Comparison"

Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont, "From Bangor to Stuttgart: Blanche Willis Howard's Search for Literary Success and Personal Autonomy"

Polly Welts Kaufman, University of Southern Maine, "U.S. Migration, a Two-Way Street: The View from Norway"

Comment: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


1:30  Session 17:  Insults, Violence, and Opposition in Latin America

Chair: Aviva Chomsky, Salem State College   --  Room: Hannaford 214


David Carey Jr., University of Southern Maine, “The Goat and Chicken Thieving Son of a Bitch Tailor and Other Insulted Parties: Honor, Gender, and Ethnicity in Modern Guatemala

Anna Belinda Sandoval Girón, Simmons College, “Narratives of Violence in an Era of ‘Savagery’ and Modernity: Guatemala in the Post-Civil War Era”

John Paton, University of Maine, “Worldwide Opposition to the U.S. Occupation of the Dominican Republic, 1916-1924”

Comment: Aldo V. García Guevara, Worcester State College


1:30   Session 18:  British Imperialism in India and China  --  Room: Hannaford 215

Chair: George Dameron, St. Michael’s College


Whitney Howarth, Plymouth State, "Re-Defining the Dharma: Shifting Views of Hindu  Statecraft in Late

19th-century South India"

Colin Sargent, Northeastern University, "Culture of Opportunity: How Commercial Adventurers Accessed Central Power in the British Empire"

Laura Bowden, University of Southern Maine, "The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom: The First Modern China?"

Comment: Jennifer Purcell, Saint Michael’s College




1:30  Session 19:  Race and Education in the Nineteenth-Century North and South

Chair: Rebecca Noel, Plymouth State University    --  Room: Hannaford 216


Kabria Baumgartner, University of Massachusetts, "Before Dred: The Issue of African American Citizenship in Prudence Crandall v. State of Connecticut"

Sean Condon, Merrimack College, "A New England Schoolteacher Observes Slavery in Antebellum Maryland"

Diane Boucher, "The Howard Industrial School for Colored Women and Children: Examining the Freedmen's Bureau Migration Experiment in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts"

Comment: Hilary Moss, Amherst College




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                           University of Southern Maine, Portland

                                                                April 18, 2009



THE ANNUAL SPRING MEETING of the New England Historical Association will be held at the University of Southern Maine at Portland, 96  Falmouth Street, Portland, Maine, on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  The enclosed program was arranged by Vice President Laura Prieto and local arrangements were planned by Professor Ken Ryden and his colleagues in the American Sties Program at the University of Southern Maine.


PRE-REGISTRATION for this conference is strongly recommended; although registration at the conference is possible, luncheon seating is limited.  The pre-registration form enclosed herewith should be completed and mailed to the executive secretary by April 10.  Please do not mail pre-registrations after April 10, as they may not arrive in time.  Registration will be available on the day of the conference.  Please feel free to photocopy the program and registration material to share with students and colleagues.


REGISTRATION is required for members and non-members who attend the conference, including each panelist.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  All sessions will be held in Hannaford Hall.  Members are encouraged to bring copies of their recent publications as well as other relevant professional literature for display.


TRAVEL INFORMATION:From the south: Take the Maine Turnpike  (I-95) to Exit 44, South Portland/Downtown Portland (formerly Exit 6A). Follow I-295 to Exit 6B, Forest Avenue North. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Bedford Street. Enter the USM parking garage by taking the next first left onto Surrenden Street immediately after the Alumni Skywalk. From the north: Take the Maine Turnpike to Exit 47, Rand Road/Westbrook (formerly Exit 7B). Follow Route 25 east for 3 miles. At the intersection of Falmouth Street, Route 25 (Brighton Avenue), and Bedford Street, bear to the left on Brighton Avenue that soon intersects with Bedford Street. Enter the USM parking garage by taking the first right onto Surrenden Street immediately before the Alumni Skywalk


OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Overnight accommodations at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 155 Riverside Street, Portland, I-95, Exit 48 are available from $65 per night for a single or double room to those who RESERVE BY March 27 and ask for the NEHA rate.  Call the hotel directly at: 207-774-5861. 


LUNCHEON  will be on the University of Southern Maine campus.  Please indicate any special dietary restrictions on the reservation form.  Luncheon tickets may be available on the day of the conference, but no special dietary requests can be honored at that time.   Election of new NEHA officers will take place at the luncheon.  Members unable to attend the meeting or the luncheon should contact the Executive Secretary well in advance for an absentee ballot or request an absentee ballot at the Registration table. Members are asked to reserve luncheon in advance since this facilitates meal planning.