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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 Andrew Lipman

R. Grant Kleiser

Meeting Schedule

09/20/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
5:30 PM
The Politics of Pity: Native Diplomacy and Anglo-American Paternalism in the 1820s
Elspeth Martini , Montclair State

10/18/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
5:30 PM
The Capacious Sacrament of Necessity: Community Formation in Early American Godparentage Networks
Maeve Kane, SUNY Albany

11/15/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
5:30 PM
The Transformation of Smallpox Inoculation in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Elise Mitchell , Princeton

12/06/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
5:30 PM
Gradual Manumission and the Struggle for Liberty on Long Island
Jennifer Anderson ,