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This seminar is a forum for scholarly conversations and works-in-progress on early American history, broadly defined. It seeks both to support scholarship on the Anglo-American colonies and the early United States (pre-Civil War), and to situate these political entities within broader frameworks (e.g. global history, early modern history, the Age of Revolution, hemispheric history, and the Atlantic World). The seminar aims to involve a wide range of historians (including specialists in Native American history, Caribbean history, and Latin American history) in this discussion about early America. Scholars of literature, religion, slavery and African diaspora, Native American studies, anthropology, sociology, and related fields are also encouraged to attend.

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Professor John Blanton

Professor Hannah Farber

Yoav Hamdani

Meeting Schedule

09/28/2021 Online Meeting
5:30 PM
The Emergence of the Mixed-Ancestry Dakota Community, 1650-1850
Jameson Sweet, Rutgers University

10/19/2021 Online Meeting
5:30 PM
Informed Governance: The Visita General and Imperial Policymaking in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic
Fidel J. Tavárez, Queens College, CUNY

01/25/2022 Online Meeting
5:30 PM
Insanity, Race, and Property Rights in the Early Republic
Sari Altschuler, Northeastern University

02/22/2022 Online Meeting
5:30 PM
Experiments on a Shoestring: The Threadbare Nature of Knowledge-Making in the Plantation Caribbean
Claire Gherini, Fordham University

03/22/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
"Appraisement of Dismal Swamp Slaves": An Obscure Enslaved Community in Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia
Marcus Nevius, University of Rhode Island

04/19/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
"Every Necessary of Life": Rent Distress and Subsistence in Early Republic New York
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, Rutgers University