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2017 Annual Meeting Program

The Louisiana Historical Association will hold its 59th Annual Meeting in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 16-18 at the Wyndham Garden Shreveport.

New Orleans, Louisiana
April 12-15, 2018
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Registration (10:00–4:00 p.m.)

Nominations Committee (10:30–11:00 a.m.)

Publications Committee (10:30–11:00 a.m.)

Teaching Committee (10:30–11:00 a.m.)

Board of Directors (11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.)

Session I-A  (3:00–4:15 p.m. Broadmoor)

The North Louisiana Historical Association, 1956-2017:  Celebrating 60 Years of Publishing

Mary Linn Wernet, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Chair

Alan S. Thompson, Louisiana State University-Shreveport
Philip Cook, Louisiana Tech University
Emilia Gay Griffith Means, Retired History Instructor
Kathleen T. Smith, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Comment:   The Audience

Session I-B (3:00–4:15 p.m. Highland)

Practices in Teaching Louisiana History

V. Elaine Thompson, Louisiana Tech University, Chair

“Discovering Shreveport’s Secrets: Learning about Louisiana’s History from Student Research”
Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Centenary College of Louisiana

“An Intellectual Biography of New Orleans’s ‘Duke of Education’: George Solé and the Changing Landscape of College Instruction in South Louisiana, 1856-1926”
R. Eric Platt & Cristin Lee Reynolds, Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Comment:  The Audience

***   LHA Thursday Night Social 6:00-8:00 p.m.   ***

An Introduction to the Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS and the  James Smith Noel Collection

Co-hosted with the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association

LSU Shreveport Archives & Special Collections, Noel Memorial Library (1 University Place, Shreveport, La.)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Session II-A (9:00–10:15 a.m. Broadmoor)

A Forum on Louisiana and World War II: A National World War II Museum Exhibit 2017-2018

William Robison, Southeastern Louisiana University, Moderator

Kimberly Guise, National World War II Museum
James Linn, National World War II Museum
Capt. Richard Moran (LNG Ret.), La. Maneuvers and Military Museum
Jerry Sanson, Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Comment:  The Audience

Session II-B (9:00–10:15 a.m. Highland)

New Perspectives on Early Louisiana

Virginia Gould, Tulane University, Chair

“The Royal Physician Botanists, Medicinal Plants, and Pharmacy in French Colonial Louisiana”
Boris Teske, Louisiana Tech University

“Conversations at the Café des Réfugiés: Public Rights and Transatlantic Democracy in Early Nineteenth-Century New Orleans”
Robyn R. Andermann, Louisiana State University

Comment:  Emily Clark, Tulane University

Session II-C (9:00–10:15 a.m. Youree)

Identity & Community: Immigrants in Louisiana

Thomas Cox, Sam Houston State University, Chair

“From Barquentines to Banana Boats: Atlantic Commodity, Memory, and the Roots of Sicilian New Orleans”
Justin A. Nystrom, Loyola University New Orleans

“‘There would be found nowhere in this land more patriotic hearts’: Revisiting the German-Americans of New Orleans during World War I”
Andreas Hübner, University of Kassel

“‘Imagined Communities:’ Universal Brotherhood, Freemasonry, and Education in Antebellum New Orleans”
Petra Munro Hendry, Louisiana State University

Comment:  Laura Kelley, Tulane University

Session III-A (10:30–11:45 a.m. Broadmoor)

Gentility, Civility, and Results: White Women’s Activism in Louisiana across Two Centuries

Mary Farmer-Kaiser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chair

“‘Adjusting Democracy for Human Welfare’: Club Women’s Activism among Native Americans in Louisiana”
Gabrielle Walker, Louisiana College

“Resisting Ladyhood: Sarah Towles Reed’s Fights for Equal Rights and Academic Freedom”
Leslie Parr, Loyola University

“Tender Hearts and Business Heads: New Orleans Women and the Poydras Home, 1817-1857”
Pamela Tyler, University of Southern Mississippi

Comment:  The Audience

Session III-B (10:30–11:45 a.m. Highland)

Social Change, State Problems, and the Legacy of the Longs

Michael Martin, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Chair

“The Donald Meets the Kingfish: Comparing the Populism of Donald J. Trump and Huey P. Long”
Alex J. McManus, Tulane University

“Socialism in Louisiana: Populism to the Great Depression”
Ali Katherine Nabours, Louisiana State University

“‘No Long Ever Asked You to Reward a People that Cut their Throat:’ President Lyndon B. Johnson Rejects Senator Russell Long’s Plea for a Post Office for Shreveport”
Ralph W. Brown III, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Comment:  Michael Martin, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Session III-C (10:30–11:45 a.m. Youree)

Battlefronts of Race & the Law

Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Sam Houston State University, Chair

“‘I’ve been here from the start, and I’m staying to the finish’: ‘The Cheerleaders’ and New Orleans’s Desegregation Crisis”
Rebecca Brückmann, University of Cologne

“‘Bloody Caddo’: The Court Battles Over North Louisiana’s Black-Owned Oil Lands”
Henry Wiencek, University of Texas at Austin

Comment:  LaGuana K. Gray, University of Texas at San Antonio

***   Phi Alpha Theta Luncheon 12:00- 1:00 P.M.   ***

““Fugitives and Refugees in the Thirteenth Century: The Egyptian Crusade (1244-1254) of King Louis IX of France”
Dr. Jochen Burgtorf, Professor of History, California State University, Fullerton
National President, Phi Alpha Theta

Session IV-A (1:15–2:30 p.m. Broadmoor)

Regional Problems, National Issues: The Gay Rights Movement in Louisiana

Alecia P. Long, Louisiana State University, Chair

“‘The Only Safe Closet is the Voting Booth’: The Gay Rights Movement in Louisiana”
Bryan David, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“‘By Keeping It Quiet, I Can’t Help Anyone Else Understand It’: People Living with AIDS and Activist Testimony in Louisiana”
Daniel Manuel, Rutgers University

Comment:  The Audience

Session IV-B (1:15–2:30 p.m. Highland)

Mapping Slavery: Technologies of Knowledge

Scott P. Marler, University of Memphis, Chair

“Technologies of Capitalism: Slavery and Accounts in Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley”
Ian W. Beamish, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

“Slave Origins in Colonial and Early Republic Louisiana: Rethinking Gwendolyn Midlo Hall’s Slave Database”
Patrick Luck, Florida Polytechnic University

Comment:  Ibrahima Seck, Whitney Plantation

Session IV-C (1:15–2:30 p.m. Youree)

Redefining the Sportsman’s Paradise

Robert Ticknor, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Chair

“The Legend of Eddie Robinson Reconsidered”
Brian M. McGowan, Grambling State University

“Racing and Slavery in Antebellum Louisiana, 1840-1865”
Nikki Williams Sebastian, Emory University

“Playing the Bayou: Louisiana in Historical Video Games”
Robert Whitaker, Louisiana Tech University

Comment: Edward Haas, Wright State University (Retired)

Session V-A (2:45–4:00 p.m. Broadmoor)

Professional Wrestling Historiography: National & International Trends

Christopher L. Stacey, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, Chair

“The Hollywood Outside Agitator vs. the King of Memphis: The Jerry Lawler-Andy Kaufman Wrestling Feud and the Political and Cultural Climate of the Post-Civil Rights South, 1981-82”
Christopher L. Stacey, Louisiana State University at Alexandria

“‘Make Believers Out of Everybody’: Violence, Memory, and the Wrestling Career of Magnum T.A.”
Charles Westmoreland, Jr., Delta State University

“‘Is this your American way, Duggan?’: Ethnicity, International Crises, and Professional Wrestling”
Charles J. Pellegrin, Northwestern State University

“Rikidozan: Korean Icon of Japanese Nationality?”
Aaron D. Horton, Alabama State University

Comment:  Thomas Aiello, Valdosta State University

PAPERS FOR THIS PANEL ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND SHOULD BE READ PRIOR TO THE SESSION: https://tinyurl.com/LHA17

Session V-B (2:45–4:00 p.m. Highland)

Teaching the College Survey as a Dual Enrollment Course: A Syllabus Workshop

Andrew C. McKevitt, Louisiana Tech University, Chair

John Lary, Dual Enrollment Instructor, World History,
Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

Paula Rowe, Dual Enrollment Instructor, U.S. History,
Byrd High School, Shreveport, Louisiana

Comment: Charity Wait Rakestraw, U.S. History, Western Governors University,
and Kristen D. Burton, World History, La. Tech University

PAPERS FOR THIS PANEL ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND SHOULD BE READ PRIOR TO THE SESSION: https://tinyurl.com/LHA17

Session V-C (2:45–4:00 p.m. Youree)

Pioneering Women in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Miki Pfeffer, Nicholls State University, Chair

“Voices of Progress: New Orleans Women and Social Justice in the late Nineteenth Century”
Amanda McFillen, The Historic New Orleans Collection

“Year of Dedication and Discovery: Grace King’s Letters of 1887”
Miki Pfeffer, Nicholls State University

“Louise Destrehan Harvey: A Pioneer Business Woman in the Nineteenth Century New Orleans, Louisiana”
Judy Pinter, Destrehan Plantation

Comment:  Karen T. Leathem, Louisiana State Museum

Plenary Session

Session VI-A (4:15–5:30 p.m. Ballroom C)

History Lost? Saving Louisiana’s Archival Heritage: A Plenary Discussion

Michelle Riggs, Archivist, Louisiana State University-Alexandria
Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, State Library of Louisiana
Doug Harrison, Conservator, Louisiana State Archives
C. Preston Huff, National Archives and Records Administration

Comment:  The Audience

PAPERS FOR THIS PANEL ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND SHOULD BE READ PRIOR TO THE SESSION: https://tinyurl.com/LHA17

***   Cash Bar 6:00- 7:00 P.M.  *** 

***   Annual Banquet 7:00- 9:00 P.M.  ***  

Virginia Gould, LHA Vice-President, Tulane University, presiding

Presidential Address

“‘Repudiating the Emancipation Proclamation, and Re-establishing Slavery’: The Abolition of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley and the United States”

John Rodrigue, Stonehill College

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Session VII-A (9:00–10:15 a.m. Broadmoor)

Methodist Women and Progressive Activism, 1939-1984

Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University, Chair

“The Ruth Carter Auxiliary: Women’s Support for People’s Community Center in New Orleans’s Central City”
Ellen Blue, Phillips Theological Seminary

“African American Nursing Students at Flint-Goodridge Hospital and Dillard University, 1932-1964”
Cory Sparks, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations

“Southern Women and the Methodist Social Creed, 1945-1984”
Janet Allured, McNeese State University

Comment:  Michael Pasquier, Louisiana State University

Session VII-B (9:00–10:15 a.m. Highland

Concerns of a Liquid Coast: Tracing  Louisiana’s 21st Century Environmental Crisis

Scott A. Hemmerling, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Chair

“Crisis on the Coast: How Hurricane Katrina Impacted  Coastal Restoration in Louisiana”
Rebecca B. Costa, Louisiana State University

“A History of the Vanishing Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana”
Heather Stone, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Comment: Donald W. Davis, Louisiana State University Sea Grant

Session VII-C (9:00–10:15 a.m. Youree)

A Culture of Creativity: Commodifying the Pelican State 

Jeff Anderson, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Chair

“Dispatches from the Past: A History of Postcard Manufacturing in New Orleans, 1900 to 1915”
Matthew Griffis, University of Southern Mississippi

“Place and Identity: An Examination of the Film Cane River”
Keilah Spann, National Park Service Southeast Regional Office

“Characteristics of Millennial Cajun Music Fans: Psychological Analysis of Personality and Alternative Music Preferences”
T. Scott Smith and Victoria Thomas, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Comment:  The Audience

***   LHA BUSINESS MEETING 10:30-11:00 A.M.   *** 

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