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Conference Registration is Now Open! Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion April 4-6, 2013 Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston. Register online at https://www.masshist.org/conferences/civil-war Keynote Address on April 4: Massachusetts and the Civil War in Black and White: The Commonwealth's Role in Secession, Emancipation, and Reconstruction, by John Stauffer, Harvard University. Prof. Stauffer is a member of Harvard's English Department and the chair of the university's graduate program on the History of American Civilization. His lecture on Thursday evening will open a conference that will consider almost every major aspect of Massachusetts' participation in the war: reform activities and the origins of the war; military life; the war, politics, and the economy; slavery and emancipation; and how the citizens of Massachusetts came to terms with the consequences of the conflict. It will feature established scholars as well as up-and-coming historians who will tackle new areas of emphasis, including the radical intellectual tradition, health and the environment, and the memory of the war. Conference papers will be made available in advance to those who preregister (note that panelists will not read their essays at the conference). In six sessions on Friday and Saturday, panelists and commentators will offer brief remarks; a discussion with the audience will follow. Registration fee required to attend sessions. RSVP required to attend keynote. Space is limited. View the complete program and register online at https://www.masshist.org/conferences/civil-war. To RSVP for the keynote, or with any questions, contact Kate Viens, Research Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or 617-646-0568. SESSIONS Session I: Radical Reformers and the Civil War *Dean Grodzins, Massachusetts Historical Society, "'Constitution or No Constitution, Law or No Law, We Will Not Allow a Fugitive Slave To Be Taken from Massachusetts': The Boston Vigilance Committees and the Anti-Man Hunting League, 1841-1861" *Margot Minardi, Reed College, "The Power to Die Without the Power to Kill: Nonresistance in Civil War Massachusetts" *Peter Wirzbicki, New York University, "'Today Abolitionist is Merged in Citizen': Radical Abolitionists and the Union War" Chair and comment: Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Session II: Massachusetts, Slavery, and Emancipation *Jim Downs, Connecticut College, "Dying to Be Free: The Health Conditions of Former Slaves During the Civil War and Reconstruction" *Crystal Feimster, Yale University, "'Indecent and Obscene': White Union Officers and Rape in the 'Contraband Quarters'" *Amy Morsman, Middlebury College, "Yankee Schoolteachers in the Reconstruction South" Chair and comment: Martha Hodes, New York University Session III: Military Life *Ronald and Mary Zboray, University of Pittsburgh, "The Bonds of Print: Reading on Homefront and Battlefield" *Kathryn Shively Meier, University of Scranton, "Death in the Breeze: U.S. Sanitary Commission Workers Interpret Environmental Health in the Civil War" *Megan Kate Nelson, Harvard University, "'The scenery here is magnificent': Massachusetts Soldiers and the Landscapes of War" Chair and comment: Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts, Boston Session IV: The Civil War, Politics, and the Economy *Millington Bergeson-Lockwood, Carnegie Mellon University, "'No Peace until the Suffrage Question is Settled': African American Politics and Defining Citizenship in Post-War Boston" * Richard Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology, "A New City on the Hill? The Rise and Fall of the Abolitionist Republic in Civil War Massachusetts" *Kathryn Tomasek, Wheaton College, "The Wheaton Family and the Atlantic Economy, 1862" Chair and comment: Drew R. McCoy, Clark University Session V: The Civil War and Memory *Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University-"The Ladies' Candidate: Edward Everett, the Constitutional Unionist Party, and the Election of 1860" *Sarah J. Purcell, Grinnell College, "Mourning Charles Sumner" *Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, Angelo State University, "The Union of Gentlemen Restored: College-Educated Northern Veterans, Reconciliation, and the Meaning of the Civil War" Chair and comment: Nina Silber, Boston University Session VI: Massachusetts Interprets the Civil War *Carol Bundy, author of The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64, "McClellan's Ten Days in Boston, February 1863: Boston, Its Financiers, and the War for Emancipation" *Barbara Gannon, University of Central Florida, "'The Lost Cause of Historical Truth': The Grand Army of the Republic in Massachusetts and the Battle for Civil War Memory" *Jordan Watkins, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, "'The Historic Strife': Massachusetts and the Civil War's Temporal Valences" Chair and comment: Donald Yacovone, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University -- Kate Viens, Research Coordinator Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215 Tel: 617-646-0568, Fax: 617-859-0074 www.masshist.org - America's Oldest Historical Society - Founded 1791 In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry opens on 28 September 2012 and runs through 31 January 2013. The exhibition will be on display Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. More information is available at www.masshist.org/events/.