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 Do not cite without the author's permission.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: February 21, 2014!
Dr. Randy M. Browne, Xavier University
This paper investigates enslaved people's efforts to assert a range of property rights as a strategy for material survival in colonial Berbice (in present-day Guyana). Grounded in a robust body of legal documents (the records of the fiscals and protectors of slaves), which include lengthy first-person testimony from European colonists and enslaved people, it reveals that slaves in Berbice claimed three broad property rights: the right to be provided with sufficient “allowances” of basic necessities and especially food; the right to own, accumulate, and control personal property, such as livestock and produce; and the right to negotiate market relations—to exchange goods, barter services, and collect debts—with other slaves and free colonists. Taken together, these rights, which were constantly under attack, formed the moral economy of property in Berbice, and they were central to enslaved people’s struggle to for material welfare. Focusing on enslaved people's property claims thus enhances our understanding of enslaved people's predicament and politics, highlighting their efforts to survive, if not escape, slavery.
Dr. Brad Wood (Eastern Kentucky University)
Dr. Darrell Meadows (Kentucky Historical Society)
Dr. Jane Calvert (University of Kentucky)
Dr. Kelly Ryan (Indiana University Southeast)
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.
January 24, 2014: Dr. Edward C. McInnis, University of Louisville: Remaking the Present by Retelling the Past - A History of the History of the Roman Land Reform and the Gracchus Brothers
November 15, 2013: Dr. Christina Snyder, Indiana University: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Civilizations: Indian Intellectual History at an Antebellum School
September 27, 2013: Jeremy Popkin, University of Kentucky: Losing One’s Head Over the Colonies: The Mission of Governor Blanchelande in Saint-Domingue
March 29, 2013: Jacob Lee, University of California - Davis: 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