American Origins 2012-2013

Seminar Leader:
Carole Shammas
, University of Southern California

Year in Review

The 2012-2013 seminar consisted of ten presentations from scholars based on three continents, and almost all of them involved some aspect of early modern transatlantic history. We began with an exceptional paper by Max Edelson, who used Google maps and British public record office manuscripts and maps of the General Survey office to reveal post-Seven Years War imperial plans (including the purpose behind the Proclamation Line of 1763) for the Crown’s newly won territory, strategies that came to a bad end twenty years later. At stake was how North America should be developed.

Two papers featured the history of political and religious conflict between the British and Spanish empires in the Americas. Carla Pestana dealt with Cromwell’s Western Design for the Spanish Caribbean in the 1600s, and Adrian Finucane  continued the story into the next century as the Spanish, for a time, allowed the British South Sea Company to supply them with enslaved Africans. Slave rebellions on the seas and on land was the subject of papers by Trevor Burnard and Jason Sharples. David Hancock speculated on the factors determining which overseas London merchant houses survived beyond one generation. The last two presentations, Timothy Breen’s paper the Scotch-Irish frontier during the American Revolution and Michael Carter’s work on Mathew Carey’s fight to allow Catholics to worship publically in the early United States reminded us how the Irish experience influenced American political developments.

Max Edelson, University of Virginia

"Where was the Proclamation Line?:  How Britain Mapped the North American Indian Boundary, 1758-1774"

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Huntington Library, Overseers' Room
10:30am-12pm

Sophie LeMercier-Goddard,École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

"Mirror Images in the Arctic: Fashioning National Identity in the Martin Frobisher Voyages 1576-1578"

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Huntington Library
Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2
10:30am-12pm

 

Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne

"Murder on the High Seas: the Slave Ship Zong, Jamaican Commerce, and the American Revolution"

Albane Forestier, Independent Scholar

"Raising Capital in the French West Indian trade: the role of ethnicity and religion, 1783-1793"

Friday, November 2, 2012
Huntington Library, Overseers' Room
11:45am

Lunch will be provided to those who rsvp to emsi@usc.edu by Monday, October 29, 2012.

Katherine E. Paugh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"The Politics of Reproduction in the British Caribbean and the Atlantic World during the Age of Abolition"

Monday, November 12, 2012
USC, University Park Campus
Social Sciences Buidling (SOS) 250
4pm-6pm

Please contact emsi@usc.edu for information about parking and directions for this event.

Jason Sharples, Catholic University of America

"Mastering Fear: Imagination, Rebellion, and Race in Early America"

Thursday, January 24, 2013
USC, University Park Campus
Social Sciences Building (SOS) 250
4-6pm

Please contact emsi@usc.edu for information about parking and directions for this event.

Carla Pestana, UCLA

"Religion, Empire, Innovation: The Spanish and English on the Western Design"

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Huntington Library
Seaver Classroom 3
10:30am-12pm

Adrian Finucane, University of Southern California

"Imperial Entanglements: England, Spain, and the Colonial Trade in the Early 18th c."

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Huntington Library
Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2
10:30am-12pm

Timothy Breen, Northwestern University and University of Vermont

"Violence and Revenge on the Scotch-Irish Frontier: The American Legacy of the Siege of Londonderry"

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Huntington Library
Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2
10:30am-12pm

David Hancock, University of Michigan

"Surviving the City of London, 1650-1850"

Monday, April 29, 2013
Social Sciences Building (SOS) 250
4-6pm

Contact Carolyn Powell at cpowell@huntington.org to receive the pre-circulated paper. Contact emsi@usc.edu for information about parking and directions for this event.

Michael Carter, University of Dayton

"Enlightenment Catholicism: Mathew Carey and the Emergence of the Church in America, 1784-1839"

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Huntington Library
Seaver Classroom 3
10:30-12pm

Contact Carolyn Powell at cpowell@huntington.org to receive the pre-circulated paper.

Banner Image:
Portrait of Thomas Paine by Otis Bass, courtesy of the Huntington Library.