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Brown Bag Purity and Power: The American Sugar Empire in the Gilded Age 27 May 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM David Singerman, MIT In the late nineteenth century, American dreams of empire were built on sugar. The Bostonian sugar ...

In the late nineteenth century, American dreams of empire were built on sugar. The Bostonian sugar magnate Edwin Atkins, a key architect of that empire, owned New England refineries, Atlantic shipping lines, and Cuban plantations. By following Atkins’s machinations from the White House to the customs house, we can see how U.S. attempts to govern labor and nature overseas were linked to the most contentious issues of Gilded Age political economy: corruption, free trade, and monopoly power.

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June
Brown Bag The Cultural Work of the Serial in U.S. Literature, 1786-1815 1 June 2015.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kristina Garvin, Ohio State University This project gives an overview of serial fiction in the early republic and explores its ...

This project gives an overview of serial fiction in the early republic and explores its particular uses and features. What role did seriality play in the lives of authors, writers, and editors? Why did so many authors turn to the form at this point in time? How did publishing technologies influence its popularity? This talk will explore how this evolving form intervened in the pressing social and political debates of the period.

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Brown Bag The Invention of Rum 3 June 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jordan Smith, Georgetown University This project investigates the history of rum in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In ...

This project investigates the history of rum in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In particular, it examines the processes of invention, commodification, innovation, and transformation that defined the spirit's production in the West Indies, North America, and Britain. Ultimately, rum—and the knowledge necessary for its production—was pioneered by a complex cast of free and coerced workers operating in various parts of the British Atlantic world.

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Brown Bag Purity and Power: The American Sugar Empire in the Gilded Age 27 May 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free David Singerman, MIT

In the late nineteenth century, American dreams of empire were built on sugar. The Bostonian sugar magnate Edwin Atkins, a key architect of that empire, owned New England refineries, Atlantic shipping lines, and Cuban plantations. By following Atkins’s machinations from the White House to the customs house, we can see how U.S. attempts to govern labor and nature overseas were linked to the most contentious issues of Gilded Age political economy: corruption, free trade, and monopoly power.

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Brown Bag The Cultural Work of the Serial in U.S. Literature, 1786-1815 1 June 2015.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Kristina Garvin, Ohio State University

This project gives an overview of serial fiction in the early republic and explores its particular uses and features. What role did seriality play in the lives of authors, writers, and editors? Why did so many authors turn to the form at this point in time? How did publishing technologies influence its popularity? This talk will explore how this evolving form intervened in the pressing social and political debates of the period.

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Brown Bag The Invention of Rum 3 June 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Jordan Smith, Georgetown University

This project investigates the history of rum in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In particular, it examines the processes of invention, commodification, innovation, and transformation that defined the spirit's production in the West Indies, North America, and Britain. Ultimately, rum—and the knowledge necessary for its production—was pioneered by a complex cast of free and coerced workers operating in various parts of the British Atlantic world.

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