Conference Archives

2003 Program

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


  • Break


  • “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


  • "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


  • Break


  • 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 Straus Reed, Rutgers University
  • “‘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


  • Dinner
  • "What Can We Say of Such a Hero? Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Press” Paul Ashdown and Edward Caudill, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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


  • Brunch: Remarks James Ogden, Historian, Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

11:30-7:00 p.m.

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

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