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LOUISIANA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM
MARCH 21-23, 2013
V. Elaine Thompson, Program Chair
THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
Registration 10:00-4:00 pm
Nominations Committee 10:30-11:00 am
Publications Committee 10:30-11:00 am
Teaching Committee 10:30-11:00 am
Board of Directors Meeting 11:00 -2:00 pm
Session I-A, 3:00–4:15 pm
Adjusting to the "New Normal": Higher Education Budget Cuts and History Programs in Louisiana's Public Universities, a Roundtable
Charles Pellegrin, Northwestern State University, Chair
Ralph Brown, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Robert Carriker, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Paul Wilson, Nicholls State University
William Housel, Northwestern State University
Greg Granger, Northwestern State University
Comment: The Audience
Session I-B, 3:00–4:15 pm
Public History in Central Louisiana:
The Museum Experience
Jerry Sanson, Louisiana State University-Alexandria, Chair
Alice Scarborough, Kent Plantation House
Dale Genius, Louisiana History Museum
Everett Lueck, Southern Forest Heritage Museum
Claudia Troll, Southern Forest Heritage Museum
Comment: The Audience
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013
Session II-A, 9:00–10:15 am
Afro-Creole and African-American
Missionaries from Louisiana
Samuel C. Shepherd, Centenary College, Chair
"‛What Africa needs is missionaries and capitalists, not laborers': Black Protestant Leaders and the Politics of African Commerce in Post-Emancipation New Orleans"
William R. Pritchard, State University of New York at Buffalo
"That the Gospel Might be Preached to the Poor: The Sisters of the Holy Family in Belize"
Virginia M. Gould, Tulane University
Comment: Samuel C. Shepherd, Centenary College
Session II-B, 9:00–10:15 am
Territorial Transitions: Race, Gender, and Kinship
Julienne Wood, LSU Shreveport, Chair
"'All in the Family': Kinship, Negotiation, and Incorporation in Territorial New Orleans"
Cinnamon Brown, Westminster College
"Eulalie Mandeville, a Free Entrepreneur of Color during the Americanization of New Orleans's Economy"
Erin Sapp, Tulane University
"Frontier Fluidity and the African Women's Experience: Race and Gender in Louisiana's Attakapas and Opelousas Districts During the Colonial and Early American Period"
Sarah Senette, Tulane University
Comment: Victoria Cummins, Austin College
Session II-C, 9:00–10:15 am
Louisiana's Timber Industry
Claudia Troll, Southern Forest Heritage Museum, Chair
"The Outlaw Leather Britches Smith and the Fight between the Southern Lumber Operators' Association and
the Brotherhood of Timber Workers"
Keagen LeJeune, McNeese State University
"The Rise of the Forest Products Industry
in North Central Louisiana"
David Anderson and Nicholas DuCote, Louisiana Tech University
Comment: Scott Marler, University of Memphis
Session III-A, 10:30–11:45 am
Southern Discontinuity: Society and Economy in Context
Samuel C. Hyde, Jr., Southeastern Louisiana University, Chair
"Economic Discontinuity in the South and in Louisiana: The Case of the Forest Industries"
Owen James Hyman, Mississippi State University
"From Slavery to Segregation: Continuity and Change in the White South's Defence of its Racial Order"
Keith M. Finley, Southeastern Louisiana University
"Late to the Dance: New Orleans and the Emergence of a Confederate City"
Howard Hunter, Country Day School
Comment: Sarah Hyde, River Parishes Community College
Session III-B, 10:30–11:45 am
Women on the Fringes
Mary Farmer-Kaiser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chair
"'Why Shouldn't Women be Executed?': Antebellum Female Executions and Commutations in Louisiana, 1835-1862"
Marianne Fisher-Giorlando, Grambling State University
"'The Ladies Call': Working Women in
Reconstruction New Orleans"
E. Gabrielle Walker, Louisiana College
Comment: LaGuana K. Gray, University of Texas at San Antonio
Session III-C, 10:30–11:45 am
Civil Rights in Louisiana
Ted Maris-Wolf, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chair
"A Willingness To Be Misjudged: Booker T. Washington's Voting Rights Advocacy in Louisiana, 1898-1901"
Thomas Aiello, Valdosta State University
"The Racial Integration of Television News in New Orleans: Influences Leading to the Rise of Black Journalists"
Bala Baptiste, Miles College
Comment: Shannon Frystak, East Stroudsburg University
Phi Alpha Theta Luncheon, 12:00-1:00 pm
Session IV-A, 1:15–2:30 pm
150 Years of Business in New Orleans
Judith K. Schafer, Tulane University, Chair
"The 'Colonial Machine': The Royal Physician Botanist Louis Prat's Experiments in Ginning Louisiana Cotton"
Boris Teske, Louisiana Tech University
"Property Speculation and the Courts in Antebellum New Orleans: Gormley v. Oakey and the Lower Garden District"
John Keeling, McNeese State University
"Women and Booze, Gambling and Music: Sicilian Immigrants and the Struggle Between Segregation and the
Marketplace in New Orleans, 1909-1919"
Justin Nystrom, Loyola University
Comment: Pamela Tyler, University of Southern Mississippi
Session IV-B, 1:15–2:30 pm
Louisiana – Spanish/Texas Borderlands
Gene Smith, TCU, Chair
"The Advent of a New World in Southeast Louisiana: The Emergence of Borderland Republicanism
in West Florida from 1803 to 1811"
Cody Scallions, University of Southern Mississippi
"Range 17 West, 1838-1841"
Jim Tiller, Sam Houston State University
"Zachary Taylor and the Mexican My Lai"
Brian McGowan, Grambling State University
Comment: Light Cummins, Austin College
Session IV-C, 1:15–2:30 pm
The Francophone Atlantic and Beyond in Nineteenth Century Creole New Orleans
Elizabeth Rhodes, Southeastern Louisiana University, Chair
"River to River: The Indian Bengalis in New Orleans
in the Nineteenth Century"
Fatima Shaik, St. Peter's College
"Paris in New Orleans: Atlantic Romanticism in the Nineteenth-Century South's Creole Capital"
Caryn Cossé Bell, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
"Glimpses into the Untold Story of Louisa Lamotte,
Free Woman of Color"
Sheri Abel, Wheaton College
Comment: Brenda Square, Archivist and Research Consultant, New Orleans, LA
Session V-A, 2:45–4:00 pm
Roundtable: Digitizing Louisiana's
Colonial Judicial Records
Greg Lambousy, Louisiana State Museum, Chair
Howard Margot, Historic New Orleans Collection
Sarah-Elizabeth Gundlach, Louisiana State Museum
Melissa Stein, Louisiana State Museum
Polly Rolman, Louisiana State Museum
Comment: The Audience
Session V-B, 2:45–4:00 pm
The History of the Historic New Orleans Collection
Brady Banta, Arkansas State University, Chair
"L. Kemper and Leila Williams"
William H. Forman, Jr., Independent Scholar
"The LHA's Williams Prize"
John H. Lawrence, Historic New Orleans Collection
"From Private Collection to Public Resource"
Alfred Lemmon, Historic New Orleans Collection
Comment: Florence Jumonville, University of New Orleans Special Collections
Session V-C Friday
Clarence L. Mohr, University of South Alabama, Chair
"The Stirlings: A Case Study in Antebellum Education"
Seth Eisworth, Louisiana State University
"Ways of Knowing: The Educationof Joel Lafayette Fletcher, 1903-1940"
Michael Wade, Appalachian State University
Comment: Bryan McCoy, Louisiana Tech University
Session VI-A: Plenary Session, 4:15–5:30 pm
Roundtable: The Business of Film
and Television in Louisiana
Charles E. Richard
Center for Moving Image Arts
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Comment: The Audience
Cash Bar, 6:00-7:00 pm
Annual Banquet, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Light Townsend Cummins, LHA vice president,
Austin College, presiding
McNeese State University
SATURDAY, March 23, 2013
Session VII-A Saturday 9:00–10:15 am
Central Louisiana in Transition in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Christopher Morris, University of Texas - Arlington, Chair
"Ezra Bennett and the Life of a Middle Class Antebellum Planter and Storeowner in Central Louisiana, 1815-1860"
Christopher L. Stacey, Louisiana State University-Alexandria
"‛I have seen few parts of the world more inviting to settlers': The Natchitoches Frontier Economy in the Early Republic"
James McDonald, Northwestern State University
Comment: Gary Joiner, LSU-Shreveport
Session VII-B, 9:00–10:15 am
The Premiere of "Louisiana During World War II,"
An Educational Film Funded by a
Teaching American History Grant
Charles Elliot, Southeastern Louisiana University. Chair
William Robison, Southeastern Louisiana University
Jerry Sanson, Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Ann Trappey, Tangipahoa Parish Schools
Session VII-C, 9:00–10:15 am
Views of Alexandria: An Exhibition of Historical Photographs and Postcards:
A Poster Session
MaryLinn Wernett, Northwestern State University
Michelle Riggs, Louisiana State University-Alexandria