Kentucky Early American Seminar

The Kentucky Early American Seminar is a group of historians from various universities in Kentucky and Indiana who meet informally during Spring and Fall semesters to discuss pre-circulated papers on any topic concerning the colonial through the early national period in North America.


All meetings are held at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Ky., on Fridays, 5 - 6.30pm.  See here fore a map of the campus and driving directions from the west (Louisville) and east (Lexington). Following the discussions, participants usually gather for a social hour/dinner at a local restaurant. Papers are made available for download on this website two weeks in advance (click on the paper title below). Do not cite without the author's permission.

Next Meeting: December 5, 2014!

Dr. Brad Wood, Eastern Kentucky University

The Albemarle Settlements and the Challenge of Isolation (c. 1660-1700)

Colonial North Carolina developed in a degree of isolation that contrasts sharply with scholarly depictions of an interrelated, expansive, and increasingly cosmopolitan Atlantic World.  During the first four decades or so of settlement, the colony that became North Carolina clustered between the dangerous shore along the Outer Banks and the Great Dismal Swamp.  Settlers created worlds that were largely removed from the British Empire and the rest of the Atlantic World for almost half a century.  Yet these first North Carolina settlers in the colony’s Albemarle region continued to participate in most of the same processes as settlers in other British colonies, and that they remained ever conscious of British culture and mores, even as Britain itself often seemed remote and unreachable.  A close look at the early Albemarle shows the powerful role of isolation and fragmentation in Colonial American worlds, but it also shows that, despite sometimes severe challenges, vital connections persisted.



Dr. Brad Wood (Eastern Kentucky University)

Dr. Kelly Ryan (Indiana University Southeast)

Tony P. Curtis (Kentucky Historical Society)

Dr. Daniel Krebs (University of Louisville)

Dr. Glenn Crothers (University of Louisville)


Next Meetings and Papers

To submit a paper for discussion, please contact Brad Wood or Kelly Ryan. Papers should not exceed fifty pages, including notes, and should include a brief abstract.


Past Papers

November 14, 2014: Jeffery Lewis Stanley, University of Kentucky: “The Language of Race in Old Regime France and Saint-Domingue”

March 29, 2013: Dr. Jacob Lee, Indiana University: In Cahokia's Wake: Middle America from Mississipians to Marquette and Jolliet

February 22, 2013: Dr. Brad Wood, Eastern Kentucky University: Colonial North Carolina and the Limits of the Atlantic World

February 8, 2013: Dr. Kelly Ryan, University of Indiana - Southeast: Mediating Spousal Abuse in New England, 1760 - 1830

October 19, 2012: Dr. Kristalyn M. Shefveland, University of Southern Indiana: Reversing Their Removal from the Narrative: Native Labor in Virginia

April 20, 2012: Dr. Jane Calvert, University of Kentucky: Thomas Paine, Quakerism, and the Limits of Religious Liberty During the American Revolution

March 30, 2012: Dr. Kris Ray, Austin Peay State University and Senior Editor, Tennessee Historical Quarterly: Cherokees and Franco-British Confrontation in the Tennessee Corridor, 1748-1758

February 21, 2012: Dr. Brad Wood, Eastern Kentucky University: Creating and Contesting Carolina

October 14, 2011: Samantha M. Steele, University of Kentucky: The Captivity of Hannah Duston - Using Literature to Map the Changing Perceptions of Native Americans in New England Society

April 8, 2011: Dr. Brad Wood, Eastern Kentucky University: Thomas Pollock and the Making of an Albemarle Plantation World

March 11, 2011: Dr. Christopher Magra, University of Tennessee: Anti-Impressment Riots and the "Radicalism" of the American Revolution

February 4, 2011: Dr. Daniel Krebs, University of Louisville: Useful Enemies - German Prisoners of War During the American Revolution

September 9, 2011: Dr. Kristopher Ray, Austin Peay State University and Senior Editor, Tennessee Historical Quarterly: Cherokee-British Alliance along the Tennessee River, 1650-1750

November 4, 2011: Dr. Kristalyn M. Sheveland, University of Southern Indiana: "Wholy Subjected?" Anglo-Indian Interaction in Colonial Virginia, 1646-1718

November 14, 2014: Jeffery Lewis Stanley, University of Kentucky: The Language of Race in Old Regime France and Saint-Domingue