Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History

Founded in 2014 by Kinder Institute Associate Director Jeffrey L. Pasley and University of Illinois-Springfield Assistant Professor of History Kenneth Owen, the Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History (MRSEAH) provides scholars of pre-1900 American political history with an opportunity to exchange ideas and share works-in-progress with colleagues from around the Midwest in a serious but convivial setting. The seminar is held twice per academic semester, rotating between Columbia and St. Louis, MO, and follows a workshop format, with organizers pre-circulating the paper or papers to be discussed in advance of the meeting. Past papers presented and discussed at MRSEAH meetings can be found below.

Please contact Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, or Jeff Pasley, PasleyJ@missouri.edu, with any questions regarding participating in or presenting at AY 2018-19 meetings of the MRSEAH.

AY 2015-16

September 11, 2015: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Amistad: John Quincy Adams, the Shutdown, and the Restart of Antislavery Politics, 1787-1836,” City University of New York Distinguished Professor of History David Waldstreicher

October 30, 2015: “The Sons of Liberty and the Making of Modern Social Movements,” University of Central Missouri Associate Professor of History Micah Alpaugh

February 19, 2016: “State and Landscape: The American Environmental Constitution,” University of Missouri-ST. Louis Curators’ Teaching Professor and Political Science Chair David Robertson

April 8, 2016: “Science and Devotion: The Book of Nature Among the Laity,” Southeast Missouri State University Associate Professor of History Lily Santoro

AY 2016-17

October 7, 2016: “The Five Pounds Act and Its Enemies,” University of Louisiana-Lafayette Assistant Professor of History Sung Yup Kim

November 4, 2016: “Florida, the Proclamation of 1763, and the Idea of a Beautiful America,” Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Associate Professor of History Robert Paulett

February 17, 2017: “Rogue State-Making: Settler Sovereignty, Union, and Disunion, 1784-1796,” Temple University Associate Professor of History Jessica Roney

April 21, 2017: “Thomas Jefferson: How a Real Estate Lawyer Became Philosopher of the American Revolution,” Washington University Professor of History David Konig

AY 2017-18

October 5, 2017: “Premature Independence: Student Defiance and Republican Citizenship,” University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in History Alan Taylor

November 17, 2017: Preface + Chapter 1 from A Nation Forged by Crisis, Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy Jay Sexton

February 16, 2018: “From Polity to Exchange: The Fate of Democracy in Early American Historiography,” Western Washington University Professor and Chair of History Johann Neem

April 6, 2018: “‘Expressly Recognized by Our Election Laws’: Certificates of Freedom and the Multiple Fates of Black Citizenship in the Early Republic,” University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor of History Sarah L.H. Gronningsater

AY 2018-19

September 28, 2018: “The Marketplace of American Federalism: Land Speculation Across State Lines in the Early Republic,” Princeton University Assistant Professor of History Michael Blaakman

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