Conference Archives

1996 Program

Thursday, November 7, 1996

The Radisson Read House Hotel

7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Dinner for conference presenters and invited guests


8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • “Chattanooga: A City of Newspapers” Kit Rushing, UTC & Luke Powers, Tenn. St.
  • Roundtable discussion:  “Did the Antebellum Press Set the Agenda for Civil War?”


Friday, November 8, 1996

Meeting in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the University Center

  • Luncheon and Dinner in the Chickamauga Room (2nd Floor)


8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)


9:00-9:30 a.m.

  • Opening Remarks from conveners and university officials


9:30-10:45 a.m.

  • “A Window on the Antebellum Press” Jeb Byrne, Alexandria, Va.
  • “The Pre-Penny Press in the 1830s” Richard Stillson, Reston, Va.
  • “Popular Women’s Magazines During the Civil War” Regina Canty, St. Louis Univ.


10:45-11:00 a.m.

  • Refreshments



  • “‘So Many, Many Needless Dead’:  The Civil War Witness of Ambrose Bierce” Roy Morris Jr., Editor, America’s Civil War


12:00-1:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center
  • “Mississippi Fire-Eating Editor and the Election of 1860” Nancy M. DuPont, Loyola


1:30-3:30 p.m.

  • “The Roots of Romantic Democracy” Robert D. Sampson, University of Illinois
  • “The ‘Hard Bargains’ of Freedom” Dale Herbeck, Boston Coll. & C. Morris, Penn St.
  • “Trollope on the Civil War” Judith Knelman, University of Western Ontario
  • “Wanted Dead or Alive:...Jesse James” Cathy M. Jackson, Univ. of Missouri
  • “An Irresponsible Press: Memphis...1866 Riot” Marius Carriere,Christian Brothers


3:30-3:45 p.m.

  • Refreshments


3:45-5:30 p.m.

  • “Virginia and Andrew Jackson’s Proclamation: The Emergence of an Opposition Party” Douglas W. Cupples, West Tennessee Historical Society
  • “Jefferson Davis and the Richmond Press” Joseph V. Trahan, UTC
  • “Private Lives, Public Virtues:...Civil War...Obituaries” Janice Hume, U of Missouri
  • “Two Men, Two Minds:...Sherman’s March” Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State


6:00-7:30 p.m.

  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room.
  • “Jewish Press Coverage of an Anti-Semitic Act:  Grant’s Order No. 11”
  • Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers University


7:30-10:00 p.m.

  • Reception at home of David Sachsman, 1002 Centennial Drive


Saturday, November 9, 1996

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)


9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • “Constantine Rea:  An Antebellum Editor” Laura Nan Fairley, Auburn Univ.
  • “Samuel Medary and the Crisis: The Right to Dissent” James S. Baugess, Ohio St.U
  • “Singing for Freedom: The Negro Spiritual” Rachelle C. Prioleau, USC-Spartanburg
  • “Censorship, Racism, and the Antebellum Press” Robert Kennedy, Norfolk, Va.
  • Meeting of the Symposium Steering Committee


11:00-7:00 p.m.

  • Discussion continues while the group visits Chattanooga’s historic Civil War sites (includes lunch and dinner)

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