Conference 2016

The Center for Civil War Research and the Arch Dalrymple III Department of History present

"A Just and Lasting Peace": Reconstruction and the Making of Postwar America


The 2016 Conference on the Civil War was hosted in partnership with the History Department’s annual Porter Fortune Symposium on History. This year’s conference considered Reconstruction and the aftermath of the Civil War in the United States, and Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College) delivered the keynote address.

Conference Program


Friday, October 7

E.F. Yerby Conference Center

8:30-10:00 - Leadership
"Wendell Phillips and the Politics of Justice"
A J Aiséirithe, Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community

"'Trying to be a Radical and Not a Fool:' James A. Garfield, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights"
Todd Arrington, National Park Service, James A. Garfield National Historic Site

"Cassius M. Clay and His Turn against Reconstruction"
Anne Marshall, Mississippi State University

10:30-12:00 - Ex-Confederates
"'Try to Meet Me in Heaven:' Mississippians, Death, and Ritual in the Aftermath of the Civil War"
Jennifer Ford, University of Mississippi

"Rewarding Confederate Sacrifice: The Varied Meanings behind Pensioning Confederate Veterans and Widows"
Jennifer Lynn Gross, Jacksonville State University

"'Started for the Mountains:' Subversive Movement in the Confederate Shenandoah Valley, 1861-1880"
Christina Regelski, Rice University


2:00-3:30 - Glimpses of a Cultural Reconstruction
"'Rebecca Harding Davis's Uneasy Peace: Literary Radicalism, Political Uncertainty, and the Print Work of Reconstruction"
Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University

"Racial and Cultural Reconstruction at the Centennial Exhibition"
Krista Kinslow, Boston University

"'Mississippi and Massachusetts are a long way apart:' Sherwood Bonner’s 1875 Travel Letters for the Memphis Avalanche"
Kathryn McKee, University of Mississippi

4:00-5:30 - Republicans
"Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Bloody Shirt"
James Fuller, University of Indianapolis

"A Platform for Politics: How Wartime Republican Congressmen Used a Union Disaster to Promote Their Vision of Reconstruction"
Colin McConarty, Boston College

"The Benjamin Butler Confiscation Cases"
Jeff Strickland, Montclair State University

6:00 - Keynote Address, Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics
"Confederate Legacy: The Significance of the West in American History"
Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College


Saturday, October 8

8:30-10:00 - Policy
"Tobacco’s Reconstruction: Federal Tax Policy and an American Commodity after the Civil War"
Patrick Mulford O’Connor, University of Montana

"The Southern Republican Campaign for Immigration during Reconstruction"
Mitchell Snay, Denison University

"Reconstruction and the Fractured Foundation of American Education Policy"
Michael J. Steudeman, University of Memphis

10:30-12:00 - Race and Violence
“Black Belt Planters’ Response to Klan Violence”
Michael Fitzgerald, St. Olaf College

“Relations between Black Soldiers and Irish Cops before the Memphis Massacre of 1866”
Andrew Slap, East State Tennessee University

"USCT Regiments and the Wall of White Supremacy: Black Soldiers and Texas Civilians During Reconstruction"

Edward Valentin, Jr.
, Rice University


2:00-3:30 - American Reconstruction in the World
“Separatism and Reconciliation: A North Atlantic Comparison”
Niels Eichorn, Middle Georgia State University

“The 'Cuban Question' and the Attempted Reconstruction of U. S. Foreign Policy, 1865-1874”
James M. Shinn, Yale University

“Re-Making the American Nation through an International Perspective”
Ann L. Tucker, University of Mississippi

4:00- 5:30 - The Free and Freed
“'Lamentable in the Extreme:' The Freedmen’s Bureau’s Treatment of Displaced White Arkansans, 1865-1867"
David Hopkins, Midland College

“Handing Over Hanover: Postwar Local Alliances in Reconstruction Virginia”
Shawn McAvoy, Patrick Henry Community College

“The Landscape of Slavery and the Spatial History of Emancipation”
Keith D. McCall, Rice University


Anne Marshall

Jennifer Ford

Jennifer Gross

Sarah Gardner

Kathryn McKee

Heather Cox Richardson

Mitchell Snay

Michael Fitzgerald

Andrew Slap

James Shinn

David Hopkins

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