Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

15th Annual Conference

June 11–14, 2009 • University of Utah, Salt Lake City


Friday, June 12, 2009

8:30 a.m.
Conference registration opens • Foyer, Commander’s House, 1965 De Trobriand Street
Book exhibits open • North and South Parlors, Commander’s House.
Coffee • Sun Room, Commander’s House.
Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place in the Officers’ Club, 150 S. Fort Douglas Boulevard.
Session 1 • Intimate Understandings: Empires and Indians on Early America’s Frontiers
North Room, Officers’ Club

Chair: Susan Sleeper-Smith, Michigan State University

Lying Together: Cross-Cultural Untruths and Their Imperial Implications
Joshua Piker, University of Oklahoma

Intimate Knowledge? Connections and Distances along the New Netherland Frontier
Susannah Shaw Romney, Whittier College

The Missionary Position in Northern New Spain
Jennifer M. Spear, Simon Fraser University

Comment: Michael McDonnell, University of Sydney

Session 2 • Thomas Paine: Empire, Equality, and the Atlantic Revolutions
South Room, Officers’ Club

Chair: Neil York, Brigham Young University

Tom Paine’s Empire for Liberty
Edward Gray, Florida State University

The Tangled Issue of Equality: The Reflection of the Emergence of a Modern Concept of Democracy in Thomas Paine’s and Edmund Burke’s Writings
Armin Mattes, University of Virginia

Thomas Paine and the Intellectual History of the American Founding
Vikki Vickers, Weber State University

Comment: Craig Yirush, University of California, Los Angeles

Session 3 • Sociability and Self-Invention in the Revolutionary Era
East Room, Officers’ Club

Chair: Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

Young Nathan Hale: Sociability and Patriotism in the American Revolution
Virginia Anderson, University of Colorado

“So-and-so has succeeded. Why shouldn’t I?” Sociability and the Ambitions of Gilbert Imlay
Andrew Cayton, Miami University, Ohio

“Thou knowest the tempest in my breasts”: Spiritual Crisis, Slavery, and Intimacy in Sarah Osborn’s Diary
Caroline Wigginton, University of Texas

Comment: Nicole Eustace, New York University

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lunch • Food can be purchased at the Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center (151 Connor Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to dine off-campus, there are several restaurants on the TRAX line where you can eat and get back in time for the afternoon sessions. These establishments are listed on the Restaurant Guide included in your conference packet.

Session 4 • Roundtable Discussion: What About Women in Early America?
North Room

Chair/Moderator: Karin Wulf, College of William and Mary

Christian Crouch, Bard College
Ann Little, Colorado State University
Sowande’ Mustakeem, Washington University in St. Louis

Session 5 • Uncertain Identities in the American Revolution
East Room

Chair: Benjamin Irvin, University of Arizona

“True Friends” and “True Indians”: Ideology and New England Public Space in the Making of the New England “Sachems Party, So Called,” 1763–1787
Ryan Tripp, University of California, Davis

“Enemies of Our Peace the Private as Well as Public”: Loyalists, Captives, and the Refinement of American Patriotism
Kenneth Miller, Washington College

Limits of Sentimentality: Loyalist Negotiation with the British during the Revolution
Ruma Chopra, San Jose State University

Comment: Holly Mayer, Duquesne University

Session 6 • Christianity and the African Diaspora
South Room

Chair: Alexander Byrd, Rice University

Philip Quaque: Black Atlantic Author
Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland, College Park

“My hopes, I am afraid, are in vain”: Philip Quaque and the Challenges of Proselytizing a Gold Coast Slave Trade Enclave
Ty Reese, University of North Dakota

The Favorite of Heaven: Antigua and the Growth of Afro-Christianity in the Eighteenth Century
John Catron, University of Florida

Comment: Alexander Byrd

Refreshment break • Sun Room, Commander’s House
Session 7 • Plenary Session • Crafting History: The Work and Influence of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Dumke Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah, 410 Campus Center Drive (TRAX Stop: U. South Campus)

Chair/Moderator: Charles L. Cohen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Fred Anderson, University of Colorado
Cornelia H. Dayton, University of Connecticut
Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University
Marla R. Miller, University of Massachusetts

Remarks: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

Reception • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Marcia and John Price Museum Building at the University of Utah. Hosted by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Attendees are invited to visit the Museum’s special exhibition “Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art” or its permanent collection before the start of the reception.