Conference Archives

1997 Program

Thursday, November 13, 1997
The Radisson Read House Hotel

8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • “Class, Free Speech and the Civil War”  Kit Rushing, UTC
  • Roundtable discussion:  “Did the Antebellum Press Play a Role in Causing the Civil War?”

Friday, November 14, 1997

Meeting in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center

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

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)

9:00-9:15 a.m.

  • Opening Remarks from conveners and university officials

9:15-10:45 a.m.

  • “Journalists First, Rebels Second: An Examination of Editorial Reaction to the President’s Proposed Conscription of Newspapermen”  Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University
  • “Devil to Clown: News Coverage of the Capture of Jefferson Davis” Robert Dardenne, USF at St. Petersburg
  • “‘John Brown Still Lives!’: The Case of John Brown” Bernell E. Tripp, University of Florida

10:45-11:00 a.m.

  • Refreshments


  • “For Women and the War: Content, Structure, and Functions of the Mayflower” Janet M. Cramer, Minnesota
  • “Visibility of Women in Newspaper Advertisements During the Civil War” Hazel Dicken-Garcia, Minnesota

12:00-1:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center
  • “Knights in Blue and Butternut: Mosby, Myth and History in Television’s Civil Wars” Paul Ashdown, UTK

1:30-3:00 p.m.

  • “The Role of the First Lady and the Media: A Preliminary Case Study of New York Times Coverage of Mary Todd Lincoln, 1861-1865” Kate E. Roberts, University of Minnesota   
  • “Samuel Chester Reid Jr.: Confederate Correspondent, 1861-1864” Lisa Daigle, Georgia State University
  • “Republican Newspapers and Freedom of the Press in the Reconstruction South” Richard Abbott, E. Michigan

3:00-3:15 p.m.

  • Refreshments

3:15-5:30 p.m.

  • “The Party Press in the Era of Good Feelings” David R. Davies, University of Southern Mississippi
  • “Preserving a Denomination: The Promotion of Women by North Carolina’s Antebellum Baptist Press” David A. Copeland, Emory & Henry College
  • “‘Napoleon of the Press:’ Thomas Ritchie and The Richmond Enquirer” Wade Shaffer,  West Texas A&M
  • “William Benjamin Townsend: Personal Journalist and “Cynical Seer” of North Georgia” Betty Hall,  Ohio U
  • “From Culture to Combat: The Progression of the Writings of George Wilkins Kendall in the Mexican War” Barry K. Parks, Georgia State University

6:00-7:30 p.m.  

  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room
  • “Regulating Freedom of the Press: Congress vs. the Telegraph-News Monopoly, 1866-1900” Menahem Blondheim, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

7:30-10:00 p.m.

  • Reception at home of David Sachsman, 1002 Centennial Drive

Saturday, November 15, 1997

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast (Raccoon Mountain Room)                        

9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • “Opportunity Lost: The U.S. Press and the Vanquished Philippine Republic” Christopher A. Vaughan,  Rutgers
  • “Ida B. Wells: Crusader Against Lynch Law, 1892-1894” Aleen J. Ratzlaff, University of Florida
  • “Frontier Editors: Typesetters and Gunfighters” Alex Nagy, Middle Tennessee State University
  • “Locating Sources Relating to the Nineteenth Century Press” Holly Hodges, UTC                                      

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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