September

Brown Bag A Hero of Two Worlds 28 September 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Sam Allis This program will explore a recently published work of historical fiction set in Rome in the early ...

This program will explore a recently published work of historical fiction set in Rome in the early 1860s, when the great fight to unify Italy into a country was raging. The protagonist, from Bangor, Maine, joins republicans bent on liberating Italians from absolute Vatican rule. There was also a group of Boston expatriates living there at the time, including a notable salon of sculptors.

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October
Brown Bag Reading Textiles as Text: An Examination of Pre-1750s Survivals at MHS 5 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire This project sets the experiences of fashion, consumerism, and consumption within a cosmopolitan ...

This project sets the experiences of fashion, consumerism, and consumption within a cosmopolitan Atlantic world that carried the elegant fancies of fashionable London to the gentility of provincial British America. The garments and textiles housed at the MHS offer insights into the ongoing debate over the process of Anglicization in pre-Revolutionary America. Particular attention will be paid to the textiles associated with the Byles and Hancock families in Boston.

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Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and ...

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot ...

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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Brown Bag The Pull of a Revolutionary America: The British Atlantic Islands in the American Revolution 26 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ross Nedervelt, Florida International University This project examines the political, economic, and social influence the revolutionary American ...

This project examines the political, economic, and social influence the revolutionary American colonies had on the British Atlantic islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas from 1763 through the 1780s. The MHS collection of British commercial documents relating to the New England-Bermuda trade, business papers and correspondence, and patriot maps indicating the locations of Bermuda's pro-American inhabitants will establish the degree of influence the rebellious Americans had on the British Atlantic islands over the course of the American Revolution - one that moved from strongly supporting the American cause, to becoming Britain's western Gibraltar.

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November
Brown Bag The Long Life of Yazoo: Land Speculation, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1789-1840 2 November 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley How did northern investors, financial markets, land speculation, and the law shape the dynamics of ...

How did northern investors, financial markets, land speculation, and the law shape the dynamics of Indian dispossession, territorial expansion, and slavery in the Deep South during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? This research uses the Yazoo land sales to explore these questions. By providing a deep history of the Yazoo sales that focuses on the motives, strategies, and networks of speculators in Yazoo lands, as well as the particular political and economic context from which the sales emerged and in which their legal afterlife unfolded, this project offers new insights into the transformation of the Southeastern borderlands and emergence of the Cotton Kingdom.

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December
Brown Bag The Abolitionist Origins of Radical Reconstruction: Charles Sumner, Thaddeus Stevens and Black Citizenship 7 December 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut This talk will examine how Radical Republicans such as Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens helped ...

This talk will examine how Radical Republicans such as Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens helped convert a radical social movement into a program for political change. It will illustrate how state formation and progressive constitutionalism during Radical Reconstruction were inspired by the abolitionist vision of an interracial democracy.

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Brown Bag A Hero of Two Worlds 28 September 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Sam Allis

This program will explore a recently published work of historical fiction set in Rome in the early 1860s, when the great fight to unify Italy into a country was raging. The protagonist, from Bangor, Maine, joins republicans bent on liberating Italians from absolute Vatican rule. There was also a group of Boston expatriates living there at the time, including a notable salon of sculptors.

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Brown Bag Reading Textiles as Text: An Examination of Pre-1750s Survivals at MHS this event is free 5 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Kimberly Alexander, University of New Hampshire

This project sets the experiences of fashion, consumerism, and consumption within a cosmopolitan Atlantic world that carried the elegant fancies of fashionable London to the gentility of provincial British America. The garments and textiles housed at the MHS offer insights into the ongoing debate over the process of Anglicization in pre-Revolutionary America. Particular attention will be paid to the textiles associated with the Byles and Hancock families in Boston.

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Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera this event is free 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment this event is free 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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Brown Bag The Pull of a Revolutionary America: The British Atlantic Islands in the American Revolution this event is free 26 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Ross Nedervelt, Florida International University

This project examines the political, economic, and social influence the revolutionary American colonies had on the British Atlantic islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas from 1763 through the 1780s. The MHS collection of British commercial documents relating to the New England-Bermuda trade, business papers and correspondence, and patriot maps indicating the locations of Bermuda's pro-American inhabitants will establish the degree of influence the rebellious Americans had on the British Atlantic islands over the course of the American Revolution - one that moved from strongly supporting the American cause, to becoming Britain's western Gibraltar.

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Brown Bag The Long Life of Yazoo: Land Speculation, Finance, and Dispossession in the Southeastern Borderlands, 1789-1840 this event is free 2 November 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley

How did northern investors, financial markets, land speculation, and the law shape the dynamics of Indian dispossession, territorial expansion, and slavery in the Deep South during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? This research uses the Yazoo land sales to explore these questions. By providing a deep history of the Yazoo sales that focuses on the motives, strategies, and networks of speculators in Yazoo lands, as well as the particular political and economic context from which the sales emerged and in which their legal afterlife unfolded, this project offers new insights into the transformation of the Southeastern borderlands and emergence of the Cotton Kingdom.

close
Brown Bag The Abolitionist Origins of Radical Reconstruction: Charles Sumner, Thaddeus Stevens and Black Citizenship this event is free 7 December 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut

This talk will examine how Radical Republicans such as Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens helped convert a radical social movement into a program for political change. It will illustrate how state formation and progressive constitutionalism during Radical Reconstruction were inspired by the abolitionist vision of an interracial democracy.

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