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The 53rd Annual Missouri Conference on History

April 14-15, 2011, in Kansas City
Holiday Inn at the Country Club Plaza

Hosted by

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of History

Administrative Sponsor
The State Historical Society of Missouri



Thursday, April 14

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Vendor Displays

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Steering Committee Meeting

8:30-10:00 a.m.

From Google to Archive: Applying the Results of Project Information Literacy’s “Lessons Learned” Report in the Public History Venue

  Moderator Lori Cox-Paul, National Archives – Central Plains


Kirstin Lawson, Pittsburg State University
Randy Roberts, Pittsburg State University
Jon E. Taylor, University of Central Missouri
Joel Burzinski, University of Central Missouri
Mason Lovelace, Pittsburg State University


Midwestern Civil Rights Activists

  Chair and Comments Wynkoop, University of Missouri-Kansas City


“Oklahoma City’s James ‘Jimmy’ E. Stewart: Twentieth-Century Race Progress in the Sooner State and Beyond”
Stacy M. Reikowsky, University of Central Oklahoma

“Equalizing Higher Education in Missouri: Lloyd Gaines and the African American Struggle for Civil Rights”
Sarah Riva, University of Arkansas-Little Rock

“Celebrated Exclusion: The Interplay Between the Celebration of Kansas City’s Centennial and the Kansas City Call”
Dustin Gann, University of Kansas


Honor and Masculinity

  Chair and Comments Dennis Boman, Yorktown University


“‘The Barbarous Custom of Dueling’: Honor and Violence on St. Louis’ Bloody Island”
Mark A. Neels, Southern Illinois University

“The Art of Defense: An Analysis of the Progression of Swordsmanship and the Evolution of the Honor Social Culture (1700-1900)”
Jordan David Billings, University of Phoenix


Naturalists and the Environment

  Chair William Ashworth, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Alex Boynton, University of Kansas


“Public Nature: Robert Ridgway and the U.S. National Museum’s Bird Exhibit at the New Orleans Exposition”
Eric Ward, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Memory and Nostalgia: An American River from the Corps of Discovery to John Neihardt”
Pat Dobson, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Smoking Weed and Killing Trees: The Environmental Impact of the Marijuana Trade”
Torey B. Logan, University of Missouri-Kansas City

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:45 a.m.

Roundtable: Large-Scale Collaborative Digitization Projects on the Civil War in Missouri

  Moderator Carl Wingo, Missouri State Library


Jordan Fields, Kansas City Public Library
Chris Gordon, Missouri History Museum
Brian Grubbs, Springfield-Greene County Library
Gerald Hirsch, The State Historical Society of Missouri


Because It’s the Law: Topics in Missouri Legal History

  Chair Kenneth Winn, Supreme Court of Missouri
  Comments LeeAnn Whites, University of Missouri


“Crime, Courts, and the Missouri Fur Trade, 1800-1840”
Jason Pfister, University of Central Missouri

“Judges and the Creation of Missouri’s Early Slave Freedom Suit Precedents”
Bryan Weintrop, University of Missouri

“Manufactured Animals: The Rise of Missouri CAFOs and Their Legal Challengers”
Rock Gremillion, University of Missouri


The Abolitionist Threat to Missouri

  Chair and Comments Timothy Westcott, Park University


“George Sibley, Elijah Lovejoy, and the Opposition to Slavery in Missouri”
Jeffrey Smith, Lindenwood University

“‘Mormonising the Abolitionists’: Missourians, the Mormon War, and Bleeding Kansas”
Tom Spencer, Northwest Missouri State University


Women Take Charge

  Chair and Comments Virginia Laas, Missouri Southern State University


“Elizabeth, the Dutch, and other Nonsuch”
Joel D. Benson, Northwest Missouri State University

“Rules and Rituals: Creating the Army Wife Ideal, 1941-1954”
Mary Angelina McMurray, University of Kansas

“‘The Ceaseless Agony of an Unspeakable Anxiety’: A California Gold Rush ‘Widow’ Searches for Her Husband”
John Mark Lambertson, National Frontier Trails Museum


The Armory as Architecture

  Chair and Comments Mark Miles, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office


“The Development of the Armory in Missouri”
Robert Wiegers, Central Methodist University

“The Work Projects Administration Armories”
Tiffany Patterson, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office

“Armory Architecture in the Cold War Era”
Rebecca Prater, Missouri State Historic Preservation Office

11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m

Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:45 p.m.

Directions in Missouri’s Civil War History

  Moderator LeeAnn Whites, University of Missouri


Joseph Beilein, University of Missouri
Dennis Boman, Yorktown University
Louis Gerteis, University of Missouri-St. Louis
William Piston, Missouri State University
Silvana Siddali, Saint Louis University


Native American Politics and Diplomacy

  Chair and Comments Paul Kelton, University of Kansas


“The Dakota War of 1862: Political and Generational Divisions among the Santee”
Pearson Bramblett, Saint Louis University

“Indian Slavery and the Erosion of Spanish-Indian Diplomacy in Upper Louisiana, 1762-1793”
Peter K. Johnson,Metropolitan Community Colleges, Longview Campus

“Through the Mail and Rail: The Spread of the 1890 Ghost Dance”
Justin Randolph Gage, University of Arkansas


Media Manipulations

  Chair John Barton, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Joel Rhodes, Southeast Missouri State University


“The Fine Print of Legitimation: Nineteenth-Century Lynch Law and the Popular Press”
Miun Gleeson, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“‘Just Give Me Somethin’ to Break’: Masculinity and Youth Crisis in Media Depictions of the Woodstock ’99 Disaster”
Daniel G. Fitzgerald, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Small Town America

  Chair and Comments Thomas Spencer, Northwest Missouri State University


“Main Street to the Miracle Mile: The Transition of the Central Business District of Dexter, Missouri, from Downtown to the Miracle Mile”
Paul Arnold, Southeast Missouri State University

“The Town Band: Boosterism in Brass”
Michael Steiner, Northwest Missouri State University

2:45-3:00 p.m.


3:00-4:30 p.m.

The Civil War for Missouri’s African American Soldiers

  Chair Robert Wiegers, Central Methodist University
  Comments Ed Beasley, Penn Valley Community College


“The Military Duty of Missouri: African American Soldiers during the Civil War”
Debra Foster Greene, Lincoln University

“Mortality by Disease of Missouri African American Soldiers during the Civil War”
Antonio F. Holland, Lincoln University


Show Me the Press: Missouri Publishing History

  Chair and Comments Jeffrey L. Pasley, University of Missouri


“E. G. Lewis, Edwin C. Madden, and the Destruction of The Woman’s Magazine
David L. Straight, Missouri Postal History Society

“Providing Digital Access to Historic Newspapers”
Gerald Hirsch, The State Historical Society of Missouri

“Publishing in Missouri before Reconstruction: Directions for Research”
Emily Jaycox, Missouri History Museum


Words and Their Power in Early Medieval History and Literature

  Chair Lois L. Huneycutt, University of Missouri
  Comments Kathy M. Krause, University of Missouri-Kansas City


“‘You Would Do Better to Keep Your Mouth Shut’: Rumor and Slander in Gregory of Tours’ Histories
Autumn Dolan, University of Missouri

“‘It Was Said She had Become Friendly with Him’: Gossip and Rumor in Icelandic Family Sagas”
Katie Sheffield, University of Missouri

“Evidence for Heathen Ritual?: The Power of Magic and Religious Words in Njal’s Saga and Egil’s Saga
Heather McRae, University of Missouri


German Intellectual and Religious Life

  Chair David Freeman, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Joseph Fossati, Rockhurst University


“Friedrich Muench from German Revolutionary to Missouri Statesman”
Dorris Keeven-Franke, Independent Scholar

“Schleiermacher’s Theology: The Culmination of Pietistic and Romantic Thought”
Justin A. Davis, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“The Paradox of the Saxon Emigrants’ Search for Freedom of Worship”
Lani M. Kirsch, University of Missouri-Kansas City

3:30-5:30 p.m.  

National Archives Record Center – Central Plains Branch
Tours of the New Facility

Tours will begin every half hour: 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30 p.m.

National World War I Museum

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Museum opens galleries to conference participants

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Reception with Cash Bar for conference participants

7:00 p.m.

Public Keynote Lecture


“The Carceral Landscape: Slaves, Horses, Dogs, Forests, Fields, and Swamps”

Walter Johnson, Harvard University

Friday morning, April 15

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Vendor Displays

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Constructions of Citizenship and Race in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Missouri

  Chair Diane Mutti Burke, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Kim Cary Warren, University of Kansas


“Race, Testimonial Capacity, and the Construction of Citizenship: Antebellum and Civil War St. Louis”
Sharon Romeo, University of Alberta

“The Balance of Political Power: Race, Urban Politics, and the Struggle for Voting Rights in Missouri, 1880-1910”
John McKerley, Independent Scholar


Representations of the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

  Chair William E. Foley, University of Central Missouri
  Comments Margi Conrads, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


“The Further (Mercantile) Adventures of Zenas Leonard: Letters from Robert Campbell of St. Louis, with other documents”
Rodney Staab, Kansas City Archaeological Society

“The Arkansas Traveler: Picturing Tension on the Southern Frontier”
Louise Hancox, University of Arkansas


Culture and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century Europe

  Chair Andrew Bergerson, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Shannon Fogg, Missouri University of Science and Technology


Frontalltagsgeschichte on the Eastern Front: Everyday Life and the Return to Normalcy during the First World War”
Kevin Baker, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Two Cartoonists Separated by a Common War: Comparing the Work of Abian ‘Wally’ Wallgren and Bruce Bairnsfather”
Jay Casey, University of Arkansas

“Jews and the Holocaust: Their Representation in European and American Film”
Kelsey Rosborough, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Doctors in Training

  Chair and Comments Fred Holmes, University of Kansas Medical School


“A Brotherhood of Shamans: Dr. McDowell’s Medical College in Antebellum St. Louis”
Luke Ritter, Saint Louis University

“A Fight for Surgery: The Evolution of Surgery, Anatomy, and Dissection in the Medieval University Curriculum”
Michelle Davis, University of Missouri-Kansas City


American Culture and Identity

  Chair and Comments Stephen McIntyre, Missouri State University


“Cold War Travels: Family, Consumerism, and National Identity in the American Automobile Vacation”
Nick Blount, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Sport and Nationalism: The 1904 St. Louis Olympics and National Identity”
Clinton McDuffie, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Dramatizing Politics: The New Deal Roots of Anticommunism in the United States”
Don Adams, University of Missouri-Kansas City

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m.

The Supreme Court in the Classroom

  Chair Louis Potts, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Pellom McDaniels, University of Missouri-Kansas City


“Celia, A Slave, v. Missouri”
Kim Phillips, Blue Springs High School

“Dred Scott v. Sanford”
Darcie Dreher, Brittany Hill Middle School

“Muller v. Oregon”
Sarah Courtney, Lee’s Summit North High School


Missouri Secessionist Households

  Chair Joseph Beilein, University of Missouri
  Comments Rebecca Montgomery, Texas State University


“The Enemy at Home: Confederate and African American Women within the Missouri Wartime Household”
Megan Boccardi, Quincy University

“The Demise of the Missouri Landed Elite: Is Geiger Correct?”
Robert W. Frizzell, Independent Scholar


Twentieth-Century Kansas City

  Chair Larry Larsen, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Sarah Boyle, Johnson County Community College


“Rendering Assistance: The Everyday Life of a Woman’s Relief Association in a Burgeoning Midwestern City, 1870-1880”
David Hanzlick, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Girls Creating Community at Central High School, 1895-1925”
Henrietta Rix Wood, University of Missouri-Kansas City


The Politics and Economics of the Post-Colonial World

  Chair and Comments Thomas Dicke, Missouri State University


“Truman and Mexico: Postwar Negotiations and the Search for Accommodation”
Scott S. Mischka, Wentworth College

“Drug of Nations: A Global History of Big Oil”
Jesse A. Heitz, King’s College, London


Tri-State Mining District

  Chair Kirstin L. Lawson, Pittsburg State University
  Comments Jeremy Neely, Missouri State University


“Labor and Health in the Tri-State Mining Area at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
Kara Pittman, Pittsburg State University

“Health or Profit?: Silicosis in the Tri-State Area in the Early Twentieth Century”
Alexia Walker, Pittsburg State University

“Women in the Red Cross: The Tri-State Mining District in the Great Depression”
Kristen Wiles, Pittsburg State University

12:15-1:15 p.m. 

Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting


2011 MCH Award for Best Student Paper

2011 Lynn and Kristen Morrow Missouri History Student Prize

Selection Committee for Student Paper Awards
Chair, Debra Foster Greene, Lincoln University
Jeffrey Smith, Lindenwood University
Robert Frizzell, Independent Scholar

2011 MCH Award for Best Article

Selection Committee
Chair, Stephen McIntyre, Missouri State University
John Herron, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kenneth Winn, Missouri Supreme Court

2011 MCH Award for Best Book

Selection Committee
Chair, Alan Havig, Stephens College
William E. Foley, University of Central Missouri
Larry Gragg, Missouri University of Science and Technology

1:45-3:15 p.m.

University of Kansas Center for Global and International Studies

  Moderator Marc Becker, Truman State University


“History of the KU Center of Latin American Studies”
Charles L. Stansifer, University of Kansas

“Origins and History of the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas-Lawrence”
John M. Janzen, University of Kansas

“The History of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Kansas”
Norman Saul, University of Kansas

“History of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas”
Maggie Childs, University of Kansas


Segregated St. Louis

  Chair and Comments Sherry Schirmer, Avila University


“Lawn Beautification Contests as Agency in Black St. Louis, 1932-1940”
Donna Patricia Ward, University of North Carolina- Charlotte

“‘I See Nothing in this World more Dangerous than Negro Cities Ringed with White Suburbs’: Post-War Race Relations and Segregation in St. Louis”
Brian Elsesser, Harris-Stowe State University

“Hate-Mongers, Racists and Anti-Semites in St. Louis: Vigilance of the Jewish Community Relations Council, 1930-1970s”
Diane Everman, St. Louis Jewish Community Archives


Childhood and Education in Nineteenth-Century Missouri

  Chair Miriam Forman-Brunell, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments        Anita Reznicek, University of Missouri-Kansas City


“Surviving on the Fringes of Society: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne’s Epistolary Rhetoric, 1818-1852”
Jacquelyn E. Hoermann, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Missouri Schoolgirls, 1840-1870”
Lauren Petrillo, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“The Reconstruction of Southern Masculinity: Defeat, Aftermath, and Border Boyhood in Post-War Missouri, 1865-1885”
Heather Nurmikko, University of Missouri-Kansas City


The Union Army in Civil War Missouri

  Chair and Comments William Piston, Missouri State University


“The Constitution and Military Necessity in Civil War Missouri”
Dennis K. Boman, Yorktown University

“No Man is an Island: E. W. Gantt and the Fall of Island Number 10”
James Tuten, Juniata College


The Global Cities

  Chair Dennis Merrill, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Tim Borstelmann, University of Nebraska


“The Future Great City of the World Seeks to Fulfill its Destiny with Mexico: St. Louis and Mexico, 1878-1907”
Michael A. Ridge Jr., University of Iowa

“Remembering War/Creating Empire: Kansas City and the Building of the Liberty Memorial”
Kory Gallagher, University of Missouri-Kansas City

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-5:00 p.m.

Faith and Loyalty in Civil War Missouri

  Chair Silvana Siddali, Saint Louis University
  Comments Scott McDermott, Saint Louis University


“Conflict and Division within the Missouri Presbyterian Church”
Katharine Bava, Lindenwood University

“‘Sent into a Land of Strangers’: Rev. Barry Hill Spencer as a Test Case of Disloyal Clergy in Civil War Missouri”
Marcus McArthur, Saint Louis University

“The Missouri Test Oath: Righteous Rulers and the Unrepentant”
Lucas Volkman, University of Missouri


Gender and American Literature

  Chair Anthony Shiu, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  Comments Kirstin L. Lawson, Pittsburg State University


“In Twain’s Words: A Social History of Masculinity and Femininity in the West, 1859-1910”
Jarrod Roark, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Doing What They Could: Women Writers and Society’s Others”
Sharon K. Hunter, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Mari Sandoz: Great Plains Frontierswoman Addressing Fascism on the Plains”
Jillian L. Wenburg, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Indians Moving Eastward: Returning Native Americans to the Antebellum Center

  Chair and Comments Robert M. Owens, Wichita State University


“Log Cabin Bureaucrats: Jeffersonians, Indians, and State-Building in the Old Northwest”
Kristopher Maulden, University of Missouri

“A Nation Unto God: Christian Mission and National Identity in Antebellum America”
Joshua Rice, University of Missouri


Sails, Sailors’ Wives, and Revolutionaries

  Chair and Comments Victor Bailey, University of Kansas


“Good English Duck: Government Support of British Linen Sailcloth Manufacture in the Long Eighteenth Century”
Chainy Folsom, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Desperate Housewives: Perceptions of English Sailors’ Wives in the Eighteenth Century”
Melissa Riebe, University of Missouri-Kansas City

“Women of the Revolution and the Undoing of the Imagined Ireland, 1916-1924”
Kamera Meaney, University of Missouri-Kansas City