March

Brown Bag Networks of Faith and Finance: Boston’s Scottish Exile Community in the Later Seventeenth Century 18 March 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Craig Gallagher, Boston College Many Scots fled their native country to escape persecution at the hands of their monarch Charles II ...

Many Scots fled their native country to escape persecution at the hands of their monarch Charles II for their adherence to the Presbyterian faith. A significant number sought refuge in Boston, a city whose leaders they knew to be sympathetic to their plight and in which they spied a commercial opportunity. Between 1660 and 1689, they cultivated networks of faith and finance. Through their patrons in the Dutch and English Atlantic Worlds, these Scots were well placed to capitalize on political opportunities that emerged after the Glorious Revolution.

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Brown Bag Allegiance and Protection: The Problem of Subjecthood in the Glorious Revolution, 1680-95 25 March 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Alex Jablonski, State University of New York at Binghamton This project explores the ways in which people in the British Isles and the American colonies ...

This project explores the ways in which people in the British Isles and the American colonies struggled to define their status as subjects of the English king in a decade whose political, religious, and cultural turmoil frustrated any simple answer. At its heart, this debate unfolded over the nature of obedience owed to a sovereign power, and as a result spilled from the narrow banks of legal theory onto a far broader plain of concerns about character and identity in a quite large and diverse empire.

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April
Brown Bag Contesting the Centennial: Civil War Memory at the 1876 World's Fair 1 April 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Krista Kinslow, Boston University The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition was promoted as a fair to show off American greatness. But at the ...

The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition was promoted as a fair to show off American greatness. But at the same time, the Centennial exposed the rifts in society. Given that the Civil War had ended only eleven years before, a celebration of American unity and power bore a certain irony. Issues of the Civil War pervaded the Centennial Exhibition and this project explores the different ways in which Americans brought their particular memories of that war to Philadelphia. 

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May
Brown Bag Slave Horse: The Narragansett Pacer 6 May 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Roger Williams University This project uses horses and the horse trade as a lens to explore a range of connections among ...

This project uses horses and the horse trade as a lens to explore a range of connections among people, colonies, and nations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Part of a larger book project on horses throughout the Atlantic World, it focuses specifically on the Narragansett Pacer, a mixture of Dutch, Irish, and English breeds that was bred in Rhode Island for a wider global market. As such, it was entwined with slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The first truly “American” horse, the Pacer was extinct by the nineteenth century.

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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 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 Networks of Faith and Finance: Boston’s Scottish Exile Community in the Later Seventeenth Century 18 March 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Craig Gallagher, Boston College

Many Scots fled their native country to escape persecution at the hands of their monarch Charles II for their adherence to the Presbyterian faith. A significant number sought refuge in Boston, a city whose leaders they knew to be sympathetic to their plight and in which they spied a commercial opportunity. Between 1660 and 1689, they cultivated networks of faith and finance. Through their patrons in the Dutch and English Atlantic Worlds, these Scots were well placed to capitalize on political opportunities that emerged after the Glorious Revolution.

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Brown Bag Allegiance and Protection: The Problem of Subjecthood in the Glorious Revolution, 1680-95 25 March 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Alex Jablonski, State University of New York at Binghamton

This project explores the ways in which people in the British Isles and the American colonies struggled to define their status as subjects of the English king in a decade whose political, religious, and cultural turmoil frustrated any simple answer. At its heart, this debate unfolded over the nature of obedience owed to a sovereign power, and as a result spilled from the narrow banks of legal theory onto a far broader plain of concerns about character and identity in a quite large and diverse empire.

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Brown Bag Contesting the Centennial: Civil War Memory at the 1876 World's Fair 1 April 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Krista Kinslow, Boston University

The 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition was promoted as a fair to show off American greatness. But at the same time, the Centennial exposed the rifts in society. Given that the Civil War had ended only eleven years before, a celebration of American unity and power bore a certain irony. Issues of the Civil War pervaded the Centennial Exhibition and this project explores the different ways in which Americans brought their particular memories of that war to Philadelphia. 

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Brown Bag Slave Horse: The Narragansett Pacer 6 May 2015.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM this event is free Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Roger Williams University

This project uses horses and the horse trade as a lens to explore a range of connections among people, colonies, and nations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Part of a larger book project on horses throughout the Atlantic World, it focuses specifically on the Narragansett Pacer, a mixture of Dutch, Irish, and English breeds that was bred in Rhode Island for a wider global market. As such, it was entwined with slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The first truly “American” horse, the Pacer was extinct by the nineteenth century.

close
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.

close
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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