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The North Carolina Association of Historians offers opportunities for historians in all fields — American, World, European, state and local — to meet, discuss research and exchange ideas with colleagues throughout the state of North Carolina.

In addition to participation by faculty and graduate students at post-secondary institutions, the Association welcomes individuals whose careers are in public history as well as social studies teachers in public and private schools. Membership is affordable, and members receive the annual Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians.

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CFP: 2017 North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting (Pembroke, 7-8 April)

North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
April 7-8, 2016
Call for Papers

The Program Committee of the North Carolina Association of Historians invites submissions of one-page proposals for papers to be presented at its April 2017 meeting:

  • Panels (up to 3 panelists, one chair, and optionally one discussant)
  • Individual papers, maximum of 15 minutes in length
  • Roundtables (between 4 to 6 participants) – 5-minute opening statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with the audience
  • Workshops on specific teaching techniques or practices
  • Mixed panels of K-12 teachers, students, university professors, and independent scholars examining cutting-edge scholarship and its classroom application
  • Panels devoted to research in progress (and potential for classroom integration)

Each proposal should include: a maximum 250-word abstract for each paper, a brief curriculum vitae for each participant, and biographical details for use in the introduction by the chair. Presenters will have a maximum of 15 minutes; papers should be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, excluding notes. Presenters are encouraged to submit a written paper to their moderator prior to the conference.

The North Carolina Association of Historians offers opportunities for historians in all fields — American, World, European, state, and local — to meet, discuss research and exchange ideas with colleagues throughout the state of North Carolina as well as with individuals with research, spiritual, and other connections with the state. In addition to participation by faculty and graduate students at post-secondary institutions, the association welcomes individuals whose careers are in public history as well as social studies teachers in public and private schools.

Papers presented at the Spring NCAH meeting are eligible for the Association’s annual award for the best student or faculty paper; all papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians.

Send proposals to conference@nchistorians.org  by February 28, 2017.

Further questions can be directed to the program chair, Brian Edwards bedwards@albemarle.edu

St. John’s at Colonial Williamsboro in Vance County

Source: St. John’s at Colonial Williamsboro in Vance County

The church in 1961. Image from N.C. State University Libraries.

The church in 1961. Image from N.C. State University Libraries.

On September 30, 1956, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamsboro was reconsecrated by the Right Reverend Edwin A. Penick, Bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, following the building’s careful restoration.

The Anglican church building, constructed in 1773, is one of only three intact Colonial era churches remaining in North Carolina and the only one of frame construction.

The simple but well-crafted rectangular gable-front building rests on a Flemish bond brick foundation, is sheathed in molded weatherboards and features a modillion cornice and tall 16-pane-over-16-pane double-hung sash windows that illuminate the bright interior characteristic of the auditory Anglican church model.

The interior has an arched ceiling, original gallery with turned posts and boxed pews.

Master carpenter John Lynch built the church according to specifications drawn up in 1771, but it took two years of sporadic effort to complete. It originally was named Nutbush Church and was consecrated as St. John’s in 1825.

The small town of Williamsboro sprang up around the building at the heart of the wealthy plantation community in what would become northern Vance County.

 

CFP: The Underground Railroad in Northeastern North Carolina

Call for Papers

The Underground Railroad in Northeastern North Carolina
Museum of the Albemarle
501 S. Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC  27909

www.museumofthealbrmarle.org

As part of the museum’s 50th anniversary, a symposium on the Underground Railroad is being held at the Museum of the Albemarle, October 6-8, 2017.  The symposium will explore issues surrounding the role played by the Albemarle region as well as delving into broader, national events and personalities.  The subject of the Underground Railroad is underrepresented in academic scholarship about North Carolina, and the museum is seeking to increase the body of research particularly on those subjects closely associated with the Albemarle region.

Graduate and undergraduate students in history and related fields are encouraged to pursue original research on a topic of their choice linked to the Underground Railroad and northeastern North Carolina.  The museum will accept papers until June 1, 2017, for review by an academic panel composed of Dr. Freddie Parker, Dr. Jeffrey J. Crow, and Dr. Glen Bowman.  From the papers submitted, three or four will be selected by the panel for presentation at the symposium.

Winning scholars will receive a stipend from the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle to cover participation in the symposium, travel expenses, and per diem.  Papers delivered at the symposium will then be published on-line through the museum’s website.

Questions concerning the call for papers may be directed to:  William J. McCrea, Director, Regional Museums, 919-807-7889, or bill.mccrea@ncdcr.gov.  Electronic versions of papers should be sent to Mr. McCrea on or before June 1, 2017.

 

CFP: North Carolina Maritime History Council Conference

North Carolina Maritime History Council Conference
Tryon Palace, New Bern
4-5 November 2016

Call for Papers

The Program Committee of the North Carolina Maritime History Council invites submissions of one-page proposals for individual papers on North Carolina maritime history, archaeology, and culture to be presented at its November 2016 meeting.

Each proposal should include: a maximum 250-word abstract for each paper, a brief curriculum vitae for each participant and biographical details for use in the introduction by the chair. Presenters will have a maximum presentation of fifteen minutes in addition to questions.

The North Carolina Maritime Council offers opportunities for historians in all fields to meet, discuss research, and exchange ideas with colleagues throughout the state of North Carolina, as well as with individuals with research, and other connections with the state. In addition to participation by faculty and graduate students at post-secondary institutions, the Council welcomes individuals whose careers are in public history, as well as social studies teachers in public and private schools.

Send proposals to bedwards@albemarle.edu by 15 September 2016.

Women in Salisbury Riot, 1863

Source: Women in Salisbury Riot, 1863

A drawing from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper depicting a similar riot in Virginia.

A drawing from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper depicting a similar riot in Virginia. Image from the Encyclopedia of Virginia.

On March 18, 1863, a group of about 50 women, all wives and mothers of Confederate soldiers, participated in what would become known as the Salisbury Bread Riot.

The women blamed speculators for driving up the prices of necessary items during the Union blockade. Struggling to provide for their families, they banded together against the businesses that they suspected of speculating and demanded government prices for goods.

The first page of a letter from a group of Salisbury women to Governor Zebulon Vance. Image from the State Archives.

The first page of a letter from a group of Salisbury women to Governor Zebulon Vance. Image from the State Archives.

Michael Brown, the owner of a local store, recalled that when he refused to deal with them, the women attempted to break down his storeroom door with hatchets. Finally he decided to give them 10 barrels of flour if they would leave. By the end of the day the women had obtained “twenty three barrels of flour, two sacks of salt, about half a barrel of molasses and twenty dollars in money.”

The group later wrote to Governor Zebulon Vance to explain their unpleasant, but justified, actions.

The Carolina Watchman, a local newspaper, commented on the event but did not place blame on the women. The editors instead blamed the ineffectiveness of the government to provide enough food for the families at home.

The Salisbury Bread Riot ultimately led to better rationing of government resources to aid Civil War soldiers’ families.

Other related resources:

An 1863 newspaper account of the riot and letters to Governor Vance from a group of local women and a local shopkeeper, available online in the digital collections of the State Archives and State Library
The Civil War on NCpedia
The North Civil War Experience from N.C. Historic Sites
North Carolina as a Civil War Battleground from N.C. Historical Publication

French taught by Frenchman left memorable legacy

Source: French taught by Frenchman left memorable legacy

“There had been pious concern [at the University of North Carolina] that French taught by a Frenchman might inculcate immoralities. The university’s president, David Swain, recommended to the Board of Trustees that any tutor would have to be ‘an educated American.’ This nativist injunction may not have been unconnected with the sad tale of Charles Marey, who had taught French in Chapel Hill in the late 1830s. Marey was ‘a Frenchman born,’ as well as ‘a man of good accomplishments and handsome physique,’ whose ‘usefulness was ruined by his fondness for ardent spirits.’

“One day the president heard a great din in Marey’s classroom, entered to find him drunk and the class happily out of control. Swain is said to have grimly said, ‘Mr. Marey, I will take charge of this class. You are relieved, sir.’ To this, Marey loftily replied, ‘If you give this order as president of the university, I obey. But if you give it as David L. Swain, I demand satisfaction!’

“The former seems to have been the case, for Marey left Chapel Hill immediately. Reports drifted back that ‘he had been killed in a brawl in Charleston.’ ”

– From “Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860″ by Michael O’Brien (2004)