Letter from SHGAPE President Lloyd E. Ambrosius

March 15, 2015

Dear SHGAPE Colleagues,

Julie Greene’s Presidential Address:  I want to thank our immediate past president, Professor Julie Greene (University of Maryland at College Park), for her outstanding leadership during the past two years.  Under her guidance the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era has flourished as a professional historical society.  Julie will deliver her presidential address on “Moveable Empire: Labor Migration, U.S. Global Power, and the Remaking of the Americas” on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the SHGAPE luncheon, 12:20-1:50 p.m., at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, St. Louis.  I hope you will join us at the luncheon or, even if you do not attend the luncheon, for her address.

2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, St. Louis:  I encourage you also to attend the following seven sessions at the 2015 annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, St. Louis, which SHGAPE will co-sponsor:

The Legacy of C. Vann Woodward’s Origins of the New South in the Twenty-first Century
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:45-3:15 p.m.
Chair: Michael O’Brien, University of Cambridge
Panelists: Natalie Ring, University of Texas at Dallas; Jonathan Wells, Temple University; Tammy Ingram, College of Charleston; Sarah Gardner, Mercer University

Corporal Punishment, Capital Punishment and Performance in the 19th Century South
Friday, April 17, 2015, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Chair: Victoria Bynum, Texas State University, San Marcos
Papers: “‘I Got Stripes’: The Whipping of Poor White Southerners in the Late Antebellum Era,” Keri Leigh Merritt, Independent Scholar; “White Punishment and African American and Native American Defiance at Hampton Institute,” Clay Cooper, Middle Tennessee State University; “‘The Hanging of Bad Tom Smith’: Public Execution and Civil Religion in the Victorian South,” Bob Hutton, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Comment: Jeff Forret, Lamar University

A Lasting Legacy: Coercive Labor Systems in Post-Civil War America
Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Chair: Pete Daniel, Independent Scholar
Papers: “Peonage and Prostitution: Women Workers at Florida’s Cross City Turpentine Camps, 1900 to 1921,” Catherine Gyllerstrom, Auburn University; “‘Only Woman Blacksmith in America is a Convict’: Black Women and Prison Labor in the New South,” Talitha LeFlouria, Florida Atlantic University; “Debt Peonage in Judicial and Political Transition: Unfree Labor in Territorial New Mexico and the Post-War American South,” William Kiser, Arizona State University
Comment: Paul Ortiz, University of Florida

Politicizing Taboos: The Suffrage Campaign, Urban Space and the Realignment of Gender Roles in the Early Twentieth Century
Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:50-3:20 p.m.
Chair: Susan Goodier, Hamilton College
Papers: “When Women Occupy Wall Street,” Amy Shore, State University of New York at Oswego; “‘They Will Not be Shut Out’: Suffragists’ Mobilization of ‘Dangerous’ Space in Gotham,” Lauren Santagelo, New-York Historical Society/The New School; “Fashioning the Public Sphere: Suffrage Fashions and the Transformation of the Political Landscape,” Einay Rabinovitich-Fox, New York University
Comment: Maureen Flanagan, Illinois Institute of Technology

The Limits of Freedom: Labor, Violence, and Coercion in the American West
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Chair: Gunther Peck, Duke University
Papers: “What Limits? Bound Indian Labor in the American West and the Fallacy of the ‘Natural Limits of Slavery’ Argument,” Michael Magliari, California State University, Chico; “Creating a Free White Workforce in Northwestern California: Labor, Violence, and Environment, 1860-1906,” Michael Karp, Saint Louis University; “‘A slave in Uncle Sam’s service’: Military Labor after the Thirteenth Amendment,” Hope McGrath, University of Pennsylvania
Comment: Stacey Smith, Oregon State University

Sympathy for the Sinner: The Problem of Humanitarian Feeling from the Early Republic to the Progressive Era
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Chair: Daniel Wickberg, University of Texas at Dallas
Papers: “Suffering Sinners: Pain, Sympathy, and the ‘Fallen Woman’,” Margaret Abruzzo, University of Alabama; “Making Room for Mercy: Pardoning and Executing Discretion in the Progressive Era,” Carolyn Strange, Australian National University; “Sympathetic Sentiment and the Psychological Treatment of Prisoners in the Progressive Era,” Amy Louise Wood, Illinois State University
Comment: Daniel Wickberg

Marriage on the Margins: Contested Romance and the Limits of Spousal Legitimacy
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Chair: Renee Romano, Oberlin College
Papers: “The Taboo on Cousin Marriage in the History of America and in American History,” Susan McKinnon, University of Virginia; “Social Reformers and the Radicalization of American Child Marriage at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” Nicholas Syrett, University of Northern Colorado; “I Am My Own Stepfather: Stepparent-Stepchild Marriage in American Law and Media, 1890-1920,” William Cuby, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

SHGAPE Council: On Friday, April 17, 2015, 4:00-5:30 p.m., the SHGAPE Council will hold its annual meeting.  Guests are welcome at this open meeting.

SHGAPE Reception: On Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m., SHGAPE will host a reception for its members and others attending the OAH meeting.  Join us and bring your friends.

SHGAPE Web Site:  Thanks to Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols (Oregon State University), the SHGAPE web site has been updated.  It offers more information for historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.  It also provides a link to Cambridge University Press for anyone wanting to join SHGAPE.  If you need to renew your membership or join for the first time, visit our new web site at www.shgape.org.

SHGAPE Program Committee:   SHGAPE’s new vice president, Professor Kristin Hoganson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), is the chair of our Program Committee.  They have received and reviewed proposals for SHGAPE sponsorship or co-sponsorship of sessions at the 2016 annual meetings of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.  I encourage all SHGAPE members to start planning panels for the 2017 AHA and OAH annual meetings, so you will be ready when Kristin issues the call for new proposals later this year.

I will look forward to seeing many of our members in St. Louis at SHGAPE events.  I will also look forward to hearing from you at any time if you have questions or suggestions.

Cordially yours,

Lloyd D. AmbrosiusLloyd E. Ambrosius
SHGAPE President
Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor
of International Relations & Professor of History
Department of History
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68588-0327
Email: lambrosius1@unl.edu

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