Civil War -- Global Conflict, March 3-5, 2011

In 2011, the United States will observe the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston will host an international conference to mark this important anniversary. In keeping with the ethos of CLAW we will examine this event by looking at it in an international context. The conference will focus on the effects and implications of the Civil War on the Atlantic and wider world. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How did the Union and Confederacy operate foreign diplomacy? How did nations in the rest of the world view this conflict? What did Americans, particularly South Carolinians, think of international attitudes toward the United and Confederate States? What did Americans living abroad think of the conflict? What impact did Confederate exiles/colonies have on their host countries? What impact did American Emancipation have on slavery in Latin America, Africa etc.? How did the Civil War influence World views of the U.S., particularly the South, and how did Unionists/Confederates see themselves in the world?

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

  • Schedule
  • 11:00 am   Registration, Stern Student Center Third Floor Lobby, 71 George Street
    11:30 am   Lunch
    Noon   Opening Lecture: E.B. Rugemer (Yale University): Some International Dimensions to the Coming of the Civil War
        Welcome and Introduction, Simon Lewis (College of Charleston)
    1:45-3:30 pm   Panel A: Atlantic Counter-currents of Abolitionsim and Racism (Stern Room 206)
    • Chair:
    • Ian Delahanty (Boston College): “The Mind of Ireland Needs Enlightenment on This Question of Freedom”: Abolitionists and the Famine-Era Irish in the Atlantic
    • Christopher Wilkins (Stanford University): “They Had Heard of the Emancipation and the Enfranchisement of Their Race”: The African American Colonists of Samana, a Reconstructed United States and the Annexation of Santo Domingo, 1868-1874
    • Hugh Dubrulle (Saint Anselm College): "If It Is Still Advocate Slavery...It Has...Become a Habit Persistently to Write Down Freedom": Britain, The Civil War, and Race
    3:45-5:15 pm   Panel B: Economics and the War (Stern Room 206)
    • Chair: Jay Sexton (Corpus Christi, Oxford)
    • Matthew Karp (University of Pennsylvania): King Cotton, Emperor Slavery: The Global Argument over Labor and the American Civil War
    • Kathryn Tomasek (Wheaton College): Combining Business and Tourism in 1862: The Wheatons Go to Europe
    6:00 pm   Reception Sponsored by Northumbria University, School of Arts and Social Sciences (Stern Center, 2nd Floor)
    7:00 pm   Keynote Lecture (Stern Ballroom)
        Richard Blackett (Vanderbilt University): "A Duet with John Bull": African Americans and the Contest for British Support during the War
        Introduction, David Gleeson (Northumbria University)

Friday, March 4, 2011

  • Schedule
  • 8:00 am   Registration & Breakfast
    8:30-10:15 am   Panel C: Ideas of Southern Nationalism - Between Secession and Expansion (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair: Lee Drago (College of Charleston)
    • Ann L. Tucker (University of South Carolina): An International Confederacy: The Image of European Nationalists and the Shaping of a Southern Nation
    • T. Lloyd Benson (Furman University): “The Great Family of Nations&rdquo: Gender and Household Metaphors in the Political Rhetoric of Six Mid-nineteenth-century Nation-building Cities
    • Miles Smith (Texas Christian University): "A Natural Ally of the Southern States": The Confederacy, Brazil, and the Civil War
    • Adrian Brettle (University of Virginia): Confederate Expansionist Ambition during the American Civil War, 1861-65
    10:30-11:45 am   Panel D: The Civil War and the World: International Perspectives from Central Europe to Japan (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair/Commentator: Donald A. Rakestraw (Georgia Southern University)
    • Niels Eichhorn (University of Arkansas): The Rhine River: The Impact of the German States on Transatlantic Diplomacy
    • Alexander P. Noonan (Boston College): A Public Friendship: Russian-American Relations and the Diplomatic Impact of the “Fleet Episode” of 1863
    • James M. Hommes (University of Pittsburgh): Beyond Commodore Perry: The Impact of the Civil War on U.S.-Japan Relations
    12:00-12:45pm   Lunch (Stern Center Ballroom)
    12:45-2:00 pm   Film Screening:(Stern Ballroom)
    In Search of Ambrosio Gonzales: Solider under Two Flags
    2:15-3:45 pm   Panel E: The Civil War and International Law (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair: Kyle Sinisi (The Citadel)
    • Paul Quigley (University of Edinburgh): Confederate Conscription and the International Boundaries of Citizenship
    • Gary McKay (Georgia Southern University): China: Confederate Dreams, British Realities
    • Aaron Sheehan-Dean (University of North Florida): Lex Talonis in the U.S. Civil War: Retaliation and the Limits of Atrocity
    4:00-5:30 pm   Panel F: Geographies of Abolition in the Era of the Civil War (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair: Stacey Robertson (Bradley University)
    • Gale Kenny (Barnard College): Refugees, Pioneers, and Missionaries: Jamaica and the Manifest Destiny of African American Emigrants in the 1850s
    • W. Caleb McDaniel (Rice University): The Case of John L. Brown: Slavery, Sex, South Carolina and the Whispering Gallery of Transatlantic Abolitionism
    • Joseph Yannielli (Yale University): The Mendi Mission and the Role of Africa in American Abolition
    6:30 pm   Reception and Public Lecture (Stern Ballroom)
        James McPherson (Emeritus, Princeton University): "Two Irreconcilable Peoples"? Ethnic Nationalism in the Confederacy
        Welcome, George Hynd (Provost, College of Charleston)
        Introduction, Vernon Burton (Clemson University)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

  • Schedule
  • 8:30 am   Registration & Breakfast
    9:00-10:30 am   Panel G1: Acting Locally, Reacting Globally (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair: Robert Rosen (Rosen Law Firm)
    • Joe Kelly (College of Charleston): Angelina Grimke and the Discourse of Slavery in the South
    • Marjorie Brown (Vanderbilt University): The Dismissal of Charles Elliot, British Charge d'Affairs: The Relationship between Great Britain and the Republic of Texas, 1842-46
    • John Harris (College of Charleston): “Nothing to Do but Quit the Country”: John Drayton's Exile in Mexico and Reconciliation with the United States
        Panel G2: The Civil War, International Diplomacy, and the Conduct of Foreign Affairs (Stern, Room 206)
    • Chair: Armand Derfner (Derfner, Altman and Wilborn)
    • Marc-William Palen (University of Texas): The Civil War's Forgotten Transatlantic Tariff Debate: Great Britain, the Morrill Tariff, and the Confederacy's Free Trade Diplomacy
    • Ted Rosengarten (College of Charleston): Diplomacy's Cruel Sword: Confederate Agents in Pursuit of Recognition
    • Aaron Marrs (Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State): Bringing Foreign Relations to a Domestic Audience: The Civil War and the Creation of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series
    10:45 am - 12:15 pm   Panel H1: Translated Memories: Interpreting the War in Europe, 1865-2010 (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair: Simon Lewis (College of Charleston)
    • Tanja Bueltmann (Northumbria University): “Every Reason to Rejoice over the Victory of the Union”: Philip Schaff's 1865 Lecturing Tour through Germany - Civil War and Christian Life in North America
    • Nimrod Tal (St. Anne's College, Oxford): “What This War Was to America . . . the World War Will One Day Be to Europe”: The American Civil War in British Military Thought before and after the Great War
        Panel H2: The Civil War and British North America (Stern, Room 206)
    • Chair: David Gleeson (Northumbria University)
    • Cheryl A. Wells (University of Wyoming): Vacillating Sympathies: British North America, the Union, and the Confederacy
    • David T. Gleeson (Northumbria University): Proving Their Loyalty to the Republic: English Immigrants and the American Civil War
    12:30-1:30 pm   Lunch on your own
    1:30-3:00 pm   Closing Lecture (Stern Ballroom)
        Joan Cashin (Ohio State University): Southern History in Global Perspective: The Willingness to Forget
        Introduction, Lee Drago (College of Charleston)
    3:30-5:30 pm   Public Panel Discussion: What We (Should) Remember about the Civil War, and How and Why We (Should) Remember It (Stern Ballroom)
    • Chair: Vernon Burton (Clemson University)
    • Confirmed Panelists: Michael Allen (National Park Service), Lee Drago (College of Charleston), Amanda Foreman (Queen Mary, University of London), Thavolia Glymph (Duke University), Joseph McGill (National Trust for Historic Preservation), and Ted Rosengarten (College of Charleston)

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