Conference Archives

2001 Program

Thursday, November 8, 2001

The Radisson Read House Hotel

8:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Reception Honoring the Conference Speakers.  Coffee and dessert will be served.
  • Opening remarks:  ‘History and Fiction, Memory and Culture’  David B. Sachsman, UTC
  • “William Gilmore Simms: A Literary Casualty of the Civil War” Phebe Davidson, University of South Carolina-Aiken and Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University
  • “Aunt Phillis, Uncle Tom and the Journalism of Fiction” Robert Dardenne, U of South Florida St. Petersburg


Friday, November 9, 2001

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


  • “The Role of the First Lady and the Media: An Examination of Selected Newspaper Coverage of Dolley Madison, 1809-1817” Katherine E. Roberts, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • “Like Father, Like Sons: The Antislavery Legacy of William Hamilton” Bernell E. Tripp, U of Florida
  • “Picturing American Indians: Newspaper Pictures and Natives in the 1860s and 1870s” William E. Huntzicker, Independent scholar


  • Refreshments


  • “‘Ain’t Nobody Clean’: ‘Glory!’ and the Politics of Black Agency” W. Scott Poole, U of South Carolina-Aiken
  • “Snaggle-Tooth Jones, Mace’s Hole, and Confederates in Colorado: Confederate Activity in Colorado During the First Eighteen Months of the Civil War and the Influence of the Rocky Mountain News” Meredith Campbell, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, Va.


  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center, 2nd Floor
  • “Crossing the Lines: Treason, Dissent, and Benjamin Wood’s Copperhead New York Daily News” Menahem Blondheim, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • “The New York Evening Star: A Different Perspective on the Press of the 1830s” Thorin Tritter, Princeton U
  • “A Study of Motherhood in Godey’s Magazine: ‘A Wonderful Duty and the Basis of all Moral Culture’ ” Sarah Smith, University of Minnesota
  • “‘A High and Holy Mission on the Battle-field of Existence’: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and the ‘Cult of True Womanhood’ ”  Hazel Dicken-Garcia and Kathryn Neal, University of Minnesota
  • “Transcending the Boundaries: Grace Greenwood’s Washington, 1850-1852” J. Fred Saddler, Temple U


  • Refreshments


  • “Of Saints and Sinners: Religion and the Civil War and Reconstruction Novel” Edward J. Blum, U Kentucky
  • “A Muckraker at Manassas: Upton Sinclair’s Civil War Fiction”  Jessica Dorman, Penn State Harrisburg
  • “Nineteenth Century Jewish Journalism in England and America”  Barbara Reed, Rutgers University
  • “Ebony Triangle: Network of Black Newspapers in Kansas, 1878-1900” Aleen J. Ratzlaff, Tabor College
  • “The Press and the Mormons: Newspaper Coverage of the 1887 Edmunds-Tucker Act” Walter Atkinson, Northern Illinois University
  • “Scientific Literacy in the Old South: The Southern Quarterly Review” Miriam J. Shillingsburg, Indiana University-South Bend


  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room, University Center, 2nd Floor             
  • “On Whose Responsibility?: The Historical and Literary Underpinnings of The Red Badge of Courage” Roy Morris, Jr., Editor of America’s Civil War Magazine

Saturday, November 10, 2001

8:30-9:00 a.m.

  • Continental Breakfast in the Raccoon Mountain Room


  • “The Marketing of the Harrison Presidency: The Log Cabin, Hard Times, and Hard Cider, Too” Gregory Borchard, University of Florida
  • “The Making of a Correspondent:  Benjamin Perley Poore’s Early Years in Washington D.C., 1847-1860” Joseph P. McKerns, Ohio State University
  • “‘Noisy and Noisome’: Know-Nothingism, Rutherford B. Hayes, and the Press of Northwest Ohio” Michael T. McGill, Jr., Bowling Green State University
  • “Another Copperhead Lie: Marcellus Emery and the Bangor Union and Democrat” Crompton Burton, Ohio U
  • “The Spiritualist Movement Controversy: A Study of Media Coverage 1850-1866” Frances Masamba, GSU
  • “The Barren Honor: Four Newspapers’ Coverage of Journalist Horace Greeley as U.S. Presidential Candidate in 1872”  Gary Hornseth, University of Minnesota

11:40-6:00 p.m.

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

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