Archive: July 2014
Vivian Bruce Conger presented “‘Amos Strutel . . . sed the money muste be paid so I wente down and paid him the 18 pounds’: Mapping the Economic World of Deborah Franklin,” at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Historians for the Early American Republic (SHEAR), in Philadelphia, July 19, 2014.
Conger presented “Sally Franklin Bache: Learning from the Past or Charting a New Course?” at the Fifth Annual Sons of the American Revolution Conference, whose theme this year was “Women in the Era of the American Revolution,” Williamsburg, Virginia, June 20, 2014. Publication of the conference papers (which were pre-circulated and discussed at length at the venue) in a peer-reviewed edited volume is expected in 2015.
Pearl Ponce, Associate Professor in the Department of History, is pleased to announce that her book on Bleeding Kansas has been released. Entitled To Govern the Devil in Hell: The Political Crisis in Territorial Kansas, it investigates the turmoil Kansas Territory experienced in the 1850s through the prism of governance. At issue in Kansas was whether the territory would join the Union as a slave or free state. The stakes were so high for the country that what began as a typical election scandal in 1854 escalated until this small territory had two competing governments and constitutions and a populace so driven by their ideological differences that they turned to violence in 1856 to try and settle them.