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Sunday, December 6, 2009


The students in History 389 (Pro-Seminar on Research Methods and the History of Slavery in America) will be hosting a mini-conference on Monday, December 7, 2009 and Wednesday, December 9, 2009 in the from 2:30-4:30PM (on both days) in the Carriage House. 22 students will be presenting the research they have conducted throughout the semester. The complete program is listed below.

You are invited to attend any of the presentations you find interesting. We realize that this is a busy time of the semester for everybody, so we will understand if some guests are able to observe only certain presentations. All are welcome to attend as much as they like.

Mini-Conference on Slavery and Freedom in America
Research Projects Undertaken By Students in History 389
Pro-Seminar on Research Methods and the History of Slavery in America

Monday, December 7, 2009 Carriage House

Panel 1: Comparative Cultures in the Era of Enslavement 2:30-3:10

Jeffrey A. Alderson (History, 2010; minor in Political Science)
“The Enlistment for Freedom: African American Responses to Slavery and the Civil War”

Mary Justine Hancock (History, 2010; concentration in Education)
“The North: An Appealing and Positive Society for Women”

Jack Nagle (History and Theology, 2010)
“Scripture and Slavery: The Battle over Biblical Interpretation between the Proslavery South and the Abolitionists”

Jessica Roy (History, 2010; concentration in Education, minor in Psychology)
“African American Experiences in the North and South”

Panel 2: African Americans and Military Service 3:10-3:40

Shawn Murray (History, 2010; minors in Foundations and Political Science)
“African American Service in the American Revolution and the Paradox between Rhetoric and Reality”

Michael Dee (History, 2010; minor in Theology)
“African Americans in the Civil War: Their Roles, Participation, and Impact on the American Civil War”

Nicholas Fusco (History, 2010; concentration in Education)
“African Americans in the Civil War: Well Deserved Freedom”

Panel 3: Biography and the History of Abolition 3:40-4:10

John Mullen (History, 2010)
“Anthony Burns: Resentment and Enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law”

Kayla Parker (History, 2010; concentration in Education)
“John Brown: Motivations for Abolition and the Harpers Ferry Raid”

Rich Sierra (History, 2010; concentration in Education)
“Moses and Her Path to Freedom: An Analysis of the Life and Works of Harriet Tubman”

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Carriage House

Panel 4: American Slavery and Social History 2:30-3:10

Samantha Baker (History, 2010; minor in Education)
“Treatment of Unfree Laborers”

Valerie Baker (History, 2010; minors in Education and Human Services)
“Slave Hierarchy within Slave Society and How It Affected Their Lives”

Rebecca Petty (History, 2010; minors in Anthropology, Foundations, and Spanish)
“Slave Families and Identity: Elements of Traditional African Culture within the Slave Family Structure”

Amanda Sheehy (History, 2010; concentration in Education)
“A Comprehensive Review of Women in Slavery throughout the Nineteenth Century”

Panel 5: Images, Texts, and Identity in Societies with Slaves 3:10-3:50

Maegan Cook (History 2010; concentration in Education)
“Visual Images of Slavery and How They Can Lead to Stereotypes”

Lianna DelGreco (History, 2010; minors in Art History and Education)
“Questionable Content: An Analysis of Racial Content Found in Children’s Literature during the Nineteenth Century”

Eric Keenan (History and Art History, 2011; minor in Anthropology)
“Different Shades of Black: Depictions of the African American Identity in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century America”

Tom McGinley (History, 2011)
“Young Minds in Bondage: An Examination of Confederate Educational Print Culture”

Panel 6: American Slavery in the Atlantic World 3:40-4:30

Shawn Guilderson (History, 2010; minor in Political Science)
“American Reactions to the Haitian Revolution: Why the Insurrection Was Important to Slavery and How Toussaint L’ouverture Was an Influential Figure of the Revolutionary Era”

Alyse Moccia (History, 2010; concentration in Education)
“Looking at the Overlooked: Native American Slaves and Their Impact on North America”

Alex Polanik (History, 2010; minors in Education and Graphic Design)
“Slavery and the Supreme Court: The
Amistad Case, the Trial, the Verdict, and Its Impact”

Patrick Seaman (History, 2010; minors in Philosophy and Political Science)
“Runaway Slaves: Challenges and Opportunities”

*The Carriage House is located next to the new Admissions building.

For more information contact Prof. Carl Keyes at or (508) 767-7324

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