Conference Archives

2000 Program

Thursday, November 2, 2000

The Radisson Read House Hotel

8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Reception Honoring the Conference Speakers. Coffee and dessert will be served.
  • "She's No Scarlett: Fanny Andrews, The South's New Woman" S. Kittrell Rushing, UTC
  • "Eliza Frances Andrews (Elzey Hay): Reporter, 1865-1931" Charlotte Ford, Georgia Southern University


Friday, November 3, 2000

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 in the Raccoon Mountain Room


  • Opening Remarks from conveners and university officials


  • "John Brown: The Many Faces of a 19th-Century Character" Bernell E.Tripp, University of Florida
  • "Coverage of Mary E. Surratt in Three 1865 Newspapers" Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota
  • "History with Lightning: The Legacy of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation" Phebe Davidson, University of South Carolina Aiken


  • Refreshments


  • "'Let the Story Tellers Invent it All': Col. John S. Mosby in Myth and Popular Literature" Paul Ashdown and Edward Caudill, University of Tennessee at Knoxville


  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center, 2nd Floor
  • "'Oh the Sad, Sad Sights I See': Walt Whitman's Civil War Journalism" Roy Morris, Jr., editor of America's Civil War Magazine and author of The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War (Oxford)


  • "Mother, Murderess or Martyr?  Press Coverage of the Margaret Garner Story" Sarah F. Smith, U of Minnesota
  • "Knights of the Quill: Wealth, Slaveholding and Other Demographics of Antebellum Southern Journalists" Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University
  • "On the Brink of Battle: Newspaper Coverage of Charles Wilkes and the Trent Affair, 1861-1862" Sue B. Smith, Georgia State University


  • Refreshments


  • Panel: "Novels of Ideology - The Fiction of Slavery" Lloyd Chiasson, Nicholls State University,
  • Robert Dardenne, U of South Florida­–St. Petersburg, Gene Wiggins, U of Southern Mississippi


  • "'Fanatics,' 'Fire-Eaters' and the Embattled Republic: Similar Words, Different Meanings in American Newspapers, 1856-1861" Lorman A. Ratner, Illinois, Dwight L. Teeter, Jr., Tennessee, Knoxville
  • "The Free State of Jones and The Mass Media: The Legend in Newspapers and the Novel Tap Roots" Nancy McKenzie Dupont, Loyola University New Orleans
  • "The Rabbi–Editor Who Stood Up Against Slavery" Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers University


  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room, University Center, 2nd Floor                           
  • "In Search of Jenkins: Taste, Style, and Credibility In Gilded-Age Journalism"Andie Tucher, Columbia University


Saturday, November 4, 2000

9:00-9:30 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast in the Raccoon Mountain Room


  • "God of Wrath, God of Peace: Popular Religion and Popular Press at the Opening and Closing of Reconstruction" Edward Blum, University of Kentucky
  • "On War and Liberty: John Stewart Mill as editor of the Richmond Examiner, 1861-65" Peter Gade, University of Oklahoma
  • "Richard K. Fox, John L. Sullivan and the Rise of Modern American Prize Fighting" Guy Reel, Ohio U

11:00-6:00 p.m.

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

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