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Brown Bag Exploring Conflict, Collaboration, and Conciliation in Colonial Families before the American Revolution 20 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nina Sankovitch, Independent Researcher The Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the ...

The Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the small village of Braintree, MA before the American Revolution. This talk considers how the men and women of the families interacted, especially in their attitudes towards England in the late colonial era, and the different roles the families played in fomenting agitation against English rule.

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Brown Bag The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States 27 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laurel Daen, MHS-NEH Fellow Disability emerged in the Early Republic as a meaningful bureaucratic, legal, institutional, and ...

Disability emerged in the Early Republic as a meaningful bureaucratic, legal, institutional, and cultural category. It was rooted in ideas about work, social worth, and economic independence and increasingly determined by the expert discourse of medicine. This project examines this development and considers its consequences for the new nation and its citizens.

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October
Brown Bag Commerce and the Material Culture of the Maritime Atlantic World 4 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM J. Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware This talk considers the maritime economy in the early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the ...

This talk considers the maritime economy in the early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the infrastructure of commercial exchanges as port cities adapted to larger ships, increased consumer goods, and productivity challenges in environments that included bays, rivers, and estuaries. The argument is grounded on historical documents, maps, objects, and archaeological fieldwork to show that people—from dock workers to financiers—sought to stabilize local variables to accommodate rapid market shifts.

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Brown Bag Women and Household Authority in Colonial New England 13 October 2017.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Caylin Carbonell, The College of William and Mary In their households and communities, women in colonial New England wielded authority and were ...

In their households and communities, women in colonial New England wielded authority and were subjected to the authority of others, often shifting between these positions of dependence and authority. This project interrogates women's vertical and horizontal relationships with other members of their households, as well as their involvement in the daily operation of their homes, to show colonial households as contested spaces wherein authority was negotiated rather than assumed.

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Brown Bag ‘Lived Botany’: Settler Colonialism and Natural History in British North America 16 October 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania Natural historians in early America frequently benefited from information and plants provided by non ...

Natural historians in early America frequently benefited from information and plants provided by non-elite colonists. Yet these colonists did not think about plants using the categories and rules of natural history, but relied upon a form of knowledge that I call ‘lived botany.’ My term ‘lived botany’ reveals that settlers described plants using methods inspired by material culture, household production, and more. ‘Lived botany’ shaped early American natural history, and facilitated settler colonialism by allowing colonists to adapt to new environments in the Atlantic world.

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Brown Bag Palatable Slavery: Food, Race, and Freedom in the British Atlantic, 1620-1838 18 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Heather Sanford, Brown University This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom ...

This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom. In New England, the Caribbean, and the Gold Coast of Africa, supplies of foodstuffs sustained colonization and slavery. Food allowed for survival, and also demarcated hierarchies of class, gender, and especially race. However, subjugated populations often used food-related practices to negotiate degrees of freedom within (and in defiance of) oppressive systems of colonization and slavery.

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Brown Bag "Let it be your resolution to be happy": Women's Emotion Work in the Early Republic 23 October 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laura McCoy, Northwestern University Tasked with maintaining the comfort and happiness of their families even in the face of adversity, ...

Tasked with maintaining the comfort and happiness of their families even in the face of adversity, many middling- and upper-class women in the early-nineteenth century saw expressing and managing emotions as the foundation of their daily labors. This talk explores the everyday realities of this emotion work and helps us understand women’s actions and self-perceptions—as well as wider familial and social dynamics—in the early republic.

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Brown Bag Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic 25 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nancy Siegel, Towson University Culinary activists furthered republican values in the revolutionary era as part of a political and ...

Culinary activists furthered republican values in the revolutionary era as part of a political and cultural ideology. They developed a culinary vocabulary expressed in words and actions such as the refusal to consume politically charged comestibles, like imported tea, and the celebration of a national horticulture. Through these choices, they established a culinary discourse involving food, political culture, and national identity from the Stamp Act to the early republic.

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November
Brown Bag Equal School Rights: Black Girlhood and School Desegregation in Antebellum Massachusetts 1 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire Eunice Ross. Phebe Ann Boston. Sarah Roberts. Sarah Parker Remond. Charlotte Forten Grimké. ...

Eunice Ross. Phebe Ann Boston. Sarah Roberts. Sarah Parker Remond. Charlotte Forten Grimké. Joanna Turpin Howard. These six African American women, among others, played an integral role in the fight to desegregate public schools in antebellum Massachusetts. They authored anti-discrimination petitions, they helped to organize boycotts, and they wrote missives against racial prejudice. As this school desegregation campaign grew, so too did an activist network that bound together African American women, men, and children as well as their allies from Salem to Nantucket to Boston.

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Brown Bag Politics at the Poles: Liberty Poles and the Popular Struggle for the New Republic 8 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Shira Lurie, University of Virginia This project examines conflicts over liberty poles in the 1790s. Liberty poles offered grassroots ...

This project examines conflicts over liberty poles in the 1790s. Liberty poles offered grassroots partisans a tangible symbol through which to channel debates about political participation, popular sovereignty, and dissent under the new Constitution.

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Brown Bag The Roasting of Hugh Peter: Satire and Politics in Early America 15 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Adrian Weimer, Providence College Accused regicide and former pastor of Salem, Massachusetts, Hugh Peter was the target of colorful ...

Accused regicide and former pastor of Salem, Massachusetts, Hugh Peter was the target of colorful satirical ballads and mock-sermons in the mid-seventeenth century. This presentation will explore the ways Royalists attacked Peter as a way of mocking the culture of puritanism, expressing anxieties about the very existence of puritan colonies.

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December
Brown Bag Constructing the Ocean’s Edge: Toward an Environmental History of the Atlantic World 6 December 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chris Pastore, State University of New York at Albany This presentation examines the environmental history and cultural geography of the North Atlantic ...

This presentation examines the environmental history and cultural geography of the North Atlantic shore during the Age of Exploration. How, it asks, did early modern coastal imaginaries shape the contours of cultural contact and exchange among Native Americans and Europeans? And how did those imaginaries shape the ways both groups interacted with coastal spaces in more material ways? A closer look at the ways coasts blurred the bounds of natural knowledge, conventions of conduct, and even the distinction between good and evil, may help us write uncertainty into an otherwise linear narrative of human progress, and, by extension, global expansion.

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Brown Bag Exploring Conflict, Collaboration, and Conciliation in Colonial Families before the American Revolution 20 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nina Sankovitch, Independent Researcher

The Quincy, Adams, and Hancock families represent three different social classes all living in the small village of Braintree, MA before the American Revolution. This talk considers how the men and women of the families interacted, especially in their attitudes towards England in the late colonial era, and the different roles the families played in fomenting agitation against English rule.

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Brown Bag The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States 27 September 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laurel Daen, MHS-NEH Fellow

Disability emerged in the Early Republic as a meaningful bureaucratic, legal, institutional, and cultural category. It was rooted in ideas about work, social worth, and economic independence and increasingly determined by the expert discourse of medicine. This project examines this development and considers its consequences for the new nation and its citizens.

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Brown Bag Commerce and the Material Culture of the Maritime Atlantic World 4 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM J. Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware

This talk considers the maritime economy in the early modern Atlantic World, focusing on the infrastructure of commercial exchanges as port cities adapted to larger ships, increased consumer goods, and productivity challenges in environments that included bays, rivers, and estuaries. The argument is grounded on historical documents, maps, objects, and archaeological fieldwork to show that people—from dock workers to financiers—sought to stabilize local variables to accommodate rapid market shifts.

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Brown Bag Women and Household Authority in Colonial New England 13 October 2017.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Caylin Carbonell, The College of William and Mary

In their households and communities, women in colonial New England wielded authority and were subjected to the authority of others, often shifting between these positions of dependence and authority. This project interrogates women's vertical and horizontal relationships with other members of their households, as well as their involvement in the daily operation of their homes, to show colonial households as contested spaces wherein authority was negotiated rather than assumed.

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Brown Bag ‘Lived Botany’: Settler Colonialism and Natural History in British North America 16 October 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Hannah Anderson, University of Pennsylvania

Natural historians in early America frequently benefited from information and plants provided by non-elite colonists. Yet these colonists did not think about plants using the categories and rules of natural history, but relied upon a form of knowledge that I call ‘lived botany.’ My term ‘lived botany’ reveals that settlers described plants using methods inspired by material culture, household production, and more. ‘Lived botany’ shaped early American natural history, and facilitated settler colonialism by allowing colonists to adapt to new environments in the Atlantic world.

close
Brown Bag Palatable Slavery: Food, Race, and Freedom in the British Atlantic, 1620-1838 18 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Heather Sanford, Brown University

This project uses food in the British Atlantic to understand ideas about the body, race, and freedom. In New England, the Caribbean, and the Gold Coast of Africa, supplies of foodstuffs sustained colonization and slavery. Food allowed for survival, and also demarcated hierarchies of class, gender, and especially race. However, subjugated populations often used food-related practices to negotiate degrees of freedom within (and in defiance of) oppressive systems of colonization and slavery.

close
Brown Bag "Let it be your resolution to be happy": Women's Emotion Work in the Early Republic 23 October 2017.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Laura McCoy, Northwestern University

Tasked with maintaining the comfort and happiness of their families even in the face of adversity, many middling- and upper-class women in the early-nineteenth century saw expressing and managing emotions as the foundation of their daily labors. This talk explores the everyday realities of this emotion work and helps us understand women’s actions and self-perceptions—as well as wider familial and social dynamics—in the early republic.

close
Brown Bag Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic 25 October 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Nancy Siegel, Towson University

Culinary activists furthered republican values in the revolutionary era as part of a political and cultural ideology. They developed a culinary vocabulary expressed in words and actions such as the refusal to consume politically charged comestibles, like imported tea, and the celebration of a national horticulture. Through these choices, they established a culinary discourse involving food, political culture, and national identity from the Stamp Act to the early republic.

close
Brown Bag Equal School Rights: Black Girlhood and School Desegregation in Antebellum Massachusetts 1 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire

Eunice Ross. Phebe Ann Boston. Sarah Roberts. Sarah Parker Remond. Charlotte Forten Grimké. Joanna Turpin Howard. These six African American women, among others, played an integral role in the fight to desegregate public schools in antebellum Massachusetts. They authored anti-discrimination petitions, they helped to organize boycotts, and they wrote missives against racial prejudice. As this school desegregation campaign grew, so too did an activist network that bound together African American women, men, and children as well as their allies from Salem to Nantucket to Boston.

close
Brown Bag Politics at the Poles: Liberty Poles and the Popular Struggle for the New Republic 8 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Shira Lurie, University of Virginia

This project examines conflicts over liberty poles in the 1790s. Liberty poles offered grassroots partisans a tangible symbol through which to channel debates about political participation, popular sovereignty, and dissent under the new Constitution.

close
Brown Bag The Roasting of Hugh Peter: Satire and Politics in Early America 15 November 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Adrian Weimer, Providence College

Accused regicide and former pastor of Salem, Massachusetts, Hugh Peter was the target of colorful satirical ballads and mock-sermons in the mid-seventeenth century. This presentation will explore the ways Royalists attacked Peter as a way of mocking the culture of puritanism, expressing anxieties about the very existence of puritan colonies.

close
Brown Bag Constructing the Ocean’s Edge: Toward an Environmental History of the Atlantic World 6 December 2017.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Chris Pastore, State University of New York at Albany

This presentation examines the environmental history and cultural geography of the North Atlantic shore during the Age of Exploration. How, it asks, did early modern coastal imaginaries shape the contours of cultural contact and exchange among Native Americans and Europeans? And how did those imaginaries shape the ways both groups interacted with coastal spaces in more material ways? A closer look at the ways coasts blurred the bounds of natural knowledge, conventions of conduct, and even the distinction between good and evil, may help us write uncertainty into an otherwise linear narrative of human progress, and, by extension, global expansion.

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