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.

Meetings

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 Do not cite without the author's permission.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: March 27, 2015!

The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson

Dr. Jane Calvert, University of Kentucky

 

Jane E. Calvert will present the introduction and other front matter for the first volume of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson. John Dickinson (1732-1808), known as the “Penman of the Revolution,” wrote more for the American Founding than any other figure, including most of the nation’s first state papers and myriad works directed towards popular audiences. This 6-volume documentary edition of his public writings and correspondence will make available for the first time the complete corpus of his works, spanning over 50 years, with a  with a full scholarly apparatus. The introduction gives an overview of the history of attempts to publish Dickinson editions, a survey of archival sources available, and an overview of the present edition. Other front matter includes a statement of editorial methodology, a statement on technology, and a chronology of Dickinson’s life. The presentation will also include brief section headings for each year the present volume covers, 1762 to 1769.

Please contact Jane Calvert via email to receive the paper for this seminar!

 

Organizers

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

February 27, 2015: Dr. Kelly Ryan, Indiana University Southeast: "Perpetrators and Victims:  Women's Experiences of Violence in the Northeast, 1780-1820"

January 23, 2015: Dr. Daniel Krebs, University of Louisville: "Warfare on Distant Shores: Recruitment and Social Composition of the "Hessians" During the American War of Independence"

December 5, 2014: Dr. Brad Wood, Eastern Kentucky University: "The Albemarle Settlements and the Challenge of Isolation (c. 1660-1700)"

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, Indiana University 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