The Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History (MRSEAH) will hold its first meeting of the 2015-16 academic year at the Broadway Hotel in Columbia on September 11, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
Participants will be discussing “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Amistad: John Quincy Adams, the Shutdown, and the Restart of Antislavery Politics, 1787-1836,” a forthcoming essay by City University of New York Distinguished Professor of History David Waldstreicher. A copy of Waldstreicher’s paper can be downloaded here.
Now in its second year, the MRSEAH, which is sponsored by the Kinder Forum on Constitutional Democracy, provides scholars working on topics related to American history before 1900 with an opportunity to exchange ideas and share their current research with colleagues from around the Midwest in a serious but convivial setting.
David Waldstreicher received his B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Prof. Waldstreicher is the author of Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (Hill and Wang, 2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution (Hill and Wang, 2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820, which was published in 1997 by University of North Carolina Press, for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and which won the Jamestown Foundation Prize for best first book manuscript. In addition, he has edited or co-edited a number of collections, including The Struggle Against Slavery: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic (UNC Press, 2004), with Kinder Forum co-director Jeff Pasley and Andrew Robertson of the CUNY Graduate Center. Prof. Waldstreicher has contributed recent articles to American Political Thought, Rutgers Law Journal, William & Mary Quarterly, and Early American Studies, and he is coeditor of the University of Pennsylvania Press’ Early American Studies book series. He has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Virginia Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute, among other places, and prior to his current position at the CUNY Graduate Center, he was Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia.