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 St. George Tucker Society Meeting


July 26-28, 2018

Jackson Marriott Downtown

Jackson, Mississippi


Thursday Evening, July 26th


Opening Keynote:  6:00-7:00 pm, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, 222 North St #2205, Jackson, MS 39201

Reception with drinks and heavy hor d’oeuvres

7:00-8:30 pm, Speaker: Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi



Friday, July 27th


Session I, 9:15-10:45 am, The Native South

Chair:  James Hill (Mississippi State University)

Robbie Etheridge (University of Mississippi) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. In addition to writing several articles and book chapters on the history of Native peoples of the American South, she is the author of Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World, 1796-1816 (2003) and the Mooney Award winning book From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540-1715 (2010), both published by the University of North Carolina Press as well as co-editor on three anthologies, The Transformation of the Southeastern Indians, 1540-1715, co-edited with Charles Hudson (2003), Light on the Path: The Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians, co-edited with Thomas J. Pluckhahn (2006), and Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone: The Colonial Indian Slave Trade and REgional Instability in the American South, co-edited with Sheri M. Shuck-Hall (2009). Her current research is on the rise and fall of the Mississippian World which examines the rise of the pre-colonial Mississippian chiefdoms, the 700-year history of this world, its collapse with European contact, and the restructuring of Native societies that occurred as they became part of the colonial South.

Joshua Haynes (University of Southern Mississippi) is an Assistant Professor of Early American and Native American History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Haynes is an ethnohistorian who researches, publishes, and teaches early American and Native American history focusing on themes such as colonialism, violence, and state formation. Dr. Haynes has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in early American and Native American history at several institutions. Courses taught recently include The American Revolution, The Native American South, American Indian History to 1840, American Indian History since 1840, War and Captivity in Native American Society, U.S. History to 1877, and World History since 1500. Dr. Haynes received several grants, awards, and fellowships to support the project, including a Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship from the University of Georgia’s Graduate School, a research grant from the UGA Department of History’s Amanda and Greg Gregory Graduate Studies Enhancement Fund, and a travel grant from UGA’s Institute of Native American Studies. A grant from the American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research funded additional research. As a junior faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi, he received an Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award that supported final research and the preparation of the book’s several maps.

Jace Weaver (University of Georgia) is the Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and Director of the University of Georgia.  A leading figure in Native American studies, he is a founder and former president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.  He is the author or editor of fifteen books, most recently The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927 and Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty (with Laura Adams Weaver).  He has a PhD in religion from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.


Break: 10:45-11:15 am


Session II, 11:15-12:45 pm, Nineteenth-Century Southern Intellectual History

Chair: Doug Ambrose (Hamilton College) is the Carolyn C. and David M. Ellis Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at Hamilton College, in Clinton, NY.  The author of Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South and co-editor of The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton, Ambrose edited the late Eugene D. Genovese’s The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home, which was published in 2017. He is a founding fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, NY.

Tim Minella (Villanova University) is a historian of science and the Enlightenment in the early American republic. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina. His dissertation was titled “Knowing in America: The Enlightenment, Science, and the Early Republic.” He has published an article in Agricultural History, and he has a forthcoming article in Early American Studies. He has recently been appointed to a faculty position at the Lewis Honors College of the University of Kentucky.

Bob Elder (Valparaiso University) received his PhD from Emory University. His first book is The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860 (UNC Press, 2016). His second book, John C. Calhoun and the American South in the Modern World, is under contract with Basic Books. Beginning in the fall of 2018 he will be an Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Anna Koivusalo (University of Helsinki) is a postdoctoral researcher in history at the University of Helsinki and a former Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of South Carolina. In 2017, she earned her PhD from the University of Helsinki for her research on honor and honorable emotional expressions in the nineteenth-century American South. Her articles have appeared in The Field of Honor: Essays on Southern Character and American Identity (ed. John Mayfield and Todd Hagstette, 2017) and in American Studies in Scandinavia. Her current project explores how historical change reshaped emotional practices and experiences in the South during the Civil War era.


Lunch, 12:45-2:15 pm (on your own)


Cleanth Brooks Dissertation Forum, 2:15-3:45


Chair:  Jay Richardson (William Carey University) is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Presidential Honors Program at William Carey University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Richardson’s dissertation received the 2012 M.E. Bradford Dissertation Prize from the St. George Tucker Society. His dissertation laid the groundwork for his current book project, which is Dixie By Gaslight: Lighting Technology and Modernity in the Antebellum South.

DeWayne Moore – Having received his master’s degree in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University, DeWayne has spearheaded the renewed efforts of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund since 2010. He completed his doctorate in History at the University of Mississippi in May 2018. His dissertation exposes the silences in historical scholarship pertaining to the black freedom struggle, the blues, and blues tourism in Greenville, Mississippi by detailing the careers of Africa American activists and cultural brokers as well as the events from which blues tourism emerged in the 1970s.

Ph.D. (May 2018) from the Department of History, University of Mississippi

“The Radical Psychology of Worth Westinghouse Long Jr. in Black Folklife and The Land Where the Blues Began.”

Joshua Shiver

Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History, Auburn University

“To Clap Hands with You Again: How Romance Sustained the Civil War Soldier”

Paula Rawlins is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, where she enjoys teaching composition and American literature, as well as serving as the Assistant Director of UGA’s Writing Center. Her dissertation examines portrayals of music’s therapeutic effects in southern literature throughout the 20th century. Her article on Dorothy Allison’s Bastard out of Carolina appeared in the 2017 issue of the South Atlantic Review, and her article on Judith Ortiz-Cofer’s The Meaning of Consuelo is forthcoming in the online journal Label Me Latina/o.

Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English, University of Georgia

“Singing to Survive: The Therapeutics of Music in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina and Ellen Douglas’s Can’t Quit You, Baby”

Business Meeting, 4:00-4:45 pm


Dinner:  6:30 pm, Lou’s Full-Serv, 904B Fortification St., Jackson, MS (Dinner included in conference fee. Cash bar.)



Saturday, July 28th

Session III: 9:15-10:45 Roundtable: Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts, (Cal State-Fresno):  Denmark Vesey’s Garden:  Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy

Otis Pickett (Mississippi College)

Bernard Powers (The College of Charleston) earned the Ph.D. in American history at Northwestern University and has worked in higher education for over thirty years.  He is professor of history at the College of Charleston teaching courses in American, African American and African diasporic history.  His first book entitled, Black Charlestonians:  A Social History 1822-1885, was designated an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine. Dr. Powers is co-author of We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, which contextualizes the racially motivated murders in that city during the summer of 2015. He has published book chapters and journal articles in his area of expertise and is currently researching black Methodism in South Carolina. Dr. Powers has appeared in African American oriented documentary films, including most recently the PBS production, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. He has also served as a board member or consultant to historic preservation organizations.  Dr. Powers serves on the board of the International African American Museum (IAAM) which will be built in Charleston, South Carolina and chairs its Program Sub-Committee.  IAAM is a unique museum and memorial site that identifies the most significant point in the Atlantic slave trade to North America.

Mary McNiall Mitchell (University of New Orleans) is Ethel & Herman L. Midlo Endowed Chair in History at the University of New Orleans, where she co-directs the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies.  She is author of Raising Freedom’s Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future After Slavery (NYU Press, 2008) and has published online for The Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Times, The History Channel, and Commonplace among others.  Mitchell is one of three lead historians on Freedom on the Move, a crowd-sourced database of fugitive slave advertisements, and serves as senior editor for WWNO’s podcast Tripod: New Orleans @ 300.


Break: 10:45-11:15


Melvin E. Bradford Dissertation Prize, 11:15-12:15 pm


Anna Koivusalo, “The Man Who Started the Civil War:  Southern Honor, Emotion, and James Chestnut, Jr.”

University of Helsinki, 2017


Lunch, 12:15-1:30 pm (on your own)


Session IV: 1:30-3:00 pm, The Post-Civil Rights South

Chair:  Vernon Burton (Clemson University)

Greta de Jong (University of Nevada-Reno) is a professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on the connections between race and class and the ways that African Americans fought for economic as well as political rights in the twentieth century. She is the author of A Different Day: African American Struggles for Justice in Rural Louisiana, 1900–1970 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002); Invisible Enemy: The African American Freedom Struggle after 1965 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010); and You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), which received awards from the Southern Historical Association, the Agricultural History Society, and the Southern Association for Women Historians.

Julian Hayter (University of Richmond) is a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development, African American history, and the American civil rights movement. More specifically, his writing and research draws attention to mid-20th-century voting rights in Richmond, Virginia and in the border South; the implementation of the Voting Rights Act; and the unintended consequences of African American political empowerment and governance post-1965. He is the author of The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia. His work has been published in the Journal of Policy History and Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest. He also contributes to national and local media outlets.



Break: 3:00-3:30 pm


Concluding Keynote: 3:30-4:30 pm


Ralph Eubanks, Visiting Professor of English and Southern Studies, University of Mississippi, is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American SouthHis essays and criticism have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street JournalThe American Scholar, NPR, WIRED, and The New Yorker. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.

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