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19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression Starts Thursday

The Department of Communication and the West Chair of Excellence invite you to the Eleventh Annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression. The symposium will begin Thursday night, October 30, and run through Saturday evening, November 1. All presentations will be held at the Read House in downtown Chattanooga. The formal presentations will end at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the conference will conclude with a tour of Chattanooga's historical Civil War sites and battlefields Saturday afternoon. All events are free and open to the public.

The symposium is sponsored by the West Chair of Excellence, the UTC Communication Department, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and WRCB-TV Channel 3.

During last year’s symposium, the steering committee recognized the symposium’s founders and organizers, Dr. David B. Sachsman and Dr. S. Kitrell Rushing, both of the UTC Communication Department. An awards presentation was made during the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the annual conference. University of Minnesota Professor Hazel Dicken-Garcia, president of the symposium steering committee and William E. Huntzicker, vice-president, surprised the two communication professors. They were honored for bringing together scholars interested in the link between 19th-century American press and related free expression issues.

For more information on the 2003 symposium, contact Sachsman at (423) 425-4219 or
e-mail David Sachsman.

Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression

Thursday, October 30, 2003

The Read House Hotel
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Reception honoring conference speakers.
Coffee and dessert will be served.
Panel: "Are the Public's Images of the Civil War Based on Fiction or History?"
David B. Sachsman, S. Kittrell Rushing, Fran Bender, Verbie Prevost, UTC, Paul Ashdown, UTK, Gene Wiggins, Southern Miss, William E. Huntzicker, St. Cloud State University

Friday, October 31, 2003
The Read House Hotel
9:00-10:45 a.m.
Opening remarks from conveners and university officials
"Method, Memory and the Old Chesnut: Critics, Chroniclers, and Conferencers, Forging Connections"
Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University and Phebe Davidson, University of South Carolina-Aiken
"Perishable News and Perishable Newspapers"
Donald K. Brazeal, University of Minnesota

"Dueling Editors: The Nullification Plot of 1832"
Patricia G. McNeely, University of South Carolina

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.-12 noon
"No History So Unerring as a Bundle of Old Letters: Clay's Alabama Letters Make Mud of the New York Tribune's 1844 Election Predictions"
Gregory Alan Borchard, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"North Carolina Newspapers and Secession" T. Harrell Allen, East Carolina University

12:00-1:30 p.m. Luncheon
"Fighting Words, North and South: Newspaper Invective & the Coming of the Civil War"
Dwight Teeter, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

1:30-3:30 p.m.
"Works of Indiscretion: Violence against the Press in Indiana during the Civil War"
Stephen E. Towne, Indiana University Purdue University , Indianapolis

"The Hascall-Edgerton Dialogues: A free expression debate in Civil War Indiana"
David W. Bulla, University of Florida

"Hurrah, I am a Conscript!: Maine, The Draft and the Kingfield Rebellion"
Crompton Burton, Athens, Ohio

"How Wicked and Cruel this Prejudice: Race, Class Gender in Civil War Era-related Fiction of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper"
Linda Jean Kensicki and Hazel Dicken Garcia, University of Minnesota

3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-6:00 Panel:
"Not Just a Man's Fight: Two Recent Books about Women Fighters in the Civil War Era"
Ann Colbert, Indiana - Purdue University, Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota, Barbara Strauss Reed, Rutgers

"'One flag, one country': References to National Identity in Selected Media During the Civil War"
Hazel Dicken-Garcia and Jennifer Moore, University of Minnesota and Sanjay Asthana, MTSU

"Images of the U.S. Flag as a Symbol During the Civil War"
Jennifer Moore and Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota

Saturday, November 1, 2003
The Read House Hotel
9:00-10:40 a.m.
"The 'Haystack Excitement': Moral Panics and the 'Hysterical style of the press' after Harper's Ferry"
Brian Gabrial, University of Minnesota

"The American and British Jewish Press Coverage of the First Wave of Pogroms"
Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers

"Julia A. A. Wood, Minnesota territorial pioneer: Her anti-suffrage rhetoric as editor of the New Era, 1860- 1861"
Dianne Blake, University of Minnesota

"The Atlantic Cable and the 19th Century Press"
Menahem Blondheim, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

11:30-7:00 p.m.
Discussion continues while the group visits Chattanooga's historic Civil War sites (includes dinner)