50th Annual Conference of the

Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850

February 27 – 29, 2020

Doubletree Hotel, Tallahassee

101 S Adams St, Tallahassee, Florida

Thursday, February 27

Registration: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception and Keynote Lecture, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Eric Weider (Gallery 19C): “Understanding the 19th Century and the Road to Modern Art: The Big Ideas and Artists of 19th Century French Art”

Friday, February 28

Registration 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Session 1: 8:30 – 10:15 AM

1A. Forced or Free? Migration of Female Dependents in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Marsha Frey, Kansas State University

Marriage and Migration: Free and Enslaved Saint-Dominguans in Virginia, 1796-1860

            Frances Bell, College of William and Mary

Enforced Migration: French in Charleston

            Suzanne Kresbach, Independent Scholar

Forced or Free? French Domestic Workers in Émigré Households, 1789-1815

            Sydney Watts, University of Richmond

Comment: Cynthia Bouton, Texas A&M University

1B. Navies in Transition, 1800-1850

Chair: Andrew Zwilling, U. S. Naval War College

The Social Consequences of Turning Over Men in the British Navy, 1793-1815

            J. Ross Dancy, U.S. Naval War College

The Patterns of Naval Demobilization in Britain, 1813-1820

            Evan Wilson, U.S. Naval War College

Technological Innovation and Organization Reform in the U.S. Navy, 1831-1845

            Alicia Maggard, Williams College

Comment: Joshua Meeks, Northwest University

1C. Governmentality and Transparency

Chair: Linda Frey, University of Montana

Rehearsing Revolution: Jacques Necker, Financial Reporting, and Political Culture in Pre-Revolutionary France

            Gregory Smaldone, Johns Hopkins University

The rise of Political Responsibility in British Parliamentary Culture, 1780-1790

            Boaz Berger, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Reforming Cameralism: Bavarian Enlightened Bureaucracy and Land Reform, 1784-1808

            Greg Tomlinson, Louisiana State University

Comment: Zachary Stoltzfus, Florida State University

1D. Abuses of Power in the American Revolution

Chair: Sandy Slater, Charleston College

Listening to the Incarcerated in Early Nineteenth Century New York

            Jonathan Nash, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

Poor Laws, Pensions, and the Paradox of Deservingness: The Origins of the American Welfare State

            Melissa Keller, University of Oregon

“Wrongs at the Point of a Bayonet”: Discourses of Death and Government Legitimacy in the Revolutionary War

            Kristin Tremper, Lehigh University

Comment: Sandy Slater, Charleston College

1E. Barbary Connections: North Africa and Europe during the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Matt Feminella, University of Alabama

Tripolitan Piracy and the French Mediterranean Empire

            Dzavid Dzanic, Austin Peay State University

Beyond the Littoral: Imperial Expansion and the Specter of Piracy, 1830-1848

            Erik de Lange, Utrecht University

Der lange Weg nach Westen: Germans Ransomed from the Barbary Regencies, 1790s – 1830s

            Christopher Mapes, Cumberland University

Comment: Gillian Weiss, Case Western Reserve University

Coffee Break: 10:15 – 10:30

Session 2: 10:30 – 12:15

2A. Fondation Napoléon Panel

Chair: Victor André Masséna, Prince d’Essling, Fondation Napoléon

New on St. Helena

            Thierry Lentz, Fondation Napoléon

Twenty Years of French Napoleonic Historiography

            Peter Hicks, Fondation Napoléon

Napoleon’s Correspondence: From the Pen to the Printed Book

            François Houdececk, Fondation Napoléon

Comment: Alex Grab, University of Maine (Emeritus)

2B. African American and Black Voices in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Jon Sensbach, University of Florida

Black Rebels: African American Patriots from North Carolina

            Andrea Miles, University of Louisville

Rebel Yelps and African Voices: African Americans Writing Themselves into History

During the Age of Revolution

            Daniel C. Littlefield, University of South Carolina

Privileged Guilt: Appropriating Judicial Victimhood in the Ravend-Desforges Case


            Elyssa Gage, University of Florida

Comment Jon Sensbach, University of Florida

2C. Folklore, Art, and Adventure: Political Thought and Writing in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Thomas C. Sosnowski, Emeritus, Kent State University Stark Campus

Charles Frederick Henningsen: Warrior, Writer, and Adventurer in the Era of Revolutionary Europe, 1815-1850

            Gilbert G. Fernandez, Tennessee Tech University (Emeritus)

The Philologist King: The Brothers Grimm and the German Nation

            Jakob Norberg, Duke University

Liberal Conquerors: Achille Murat, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Native Peoples

            Aurelia Aubert, Siena College

Classical Antiquity in the Revolutionary Era: Towards a Theory

            Johnson Kent Wright, Arizona State University

Comment: The Audience

2D. News and Censorship in the Mediterranean

Chair: Denise Davidson, Georgia State University

Establishing a Revolutionary Newspaper: Transplanting Liberalism in a Pre-Modern Society

            Aristides N. Hatzis, University of Athens

Dealing with censorship in pre-unification Italy (1814-1859)

Domenico Maria Bruni, Luiss “Guido Carli” University, Rome

Robert Macaire and the French Civil Code: Notes about the Political Economy of the French Theater after Napoleon

            Klaas Tindemans, Erasmus University College

Comment: Lauren Clay, Vanderbilt University

2E. Sulphur and Sailing: Science and Medicine in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Cindy Ermus, The University of Texas at San Antonio

The Devil’s Element: Un-Making Sulfuric Metaphors in Early Modern England and the Atlantic World.

            Andrew Kettler, University of California Los Angeles

The Health of Royal Navy Sailors in the West Indies during the American Revolution, 1776-1783

            Cori Convertito, Key West Art & Historical Society

Comment: Ben Goff, Florida State University

Lunch: 12:15 – 14:00

Keynote Lecture by Christy L. Pichichero (George Mason University), “Military Enlightenment and Social Justice in an Age of Empire”

Session 3: 14:00 – 15:45

3A. Perspectives on Military Enlightenment: Russia, Great Britain, Military Art, and Ending the Napoleonic Wars

Chair: Christy L. Pichichero, George Mason University

The Rise and Fall of the Military Enlightenment in the British Army

            Huw Davies, King’s College, London

Artistic Training in the Military Enlightenment

            Bénédicte Miyamoto, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle

Russian Military Enlightenment during the Age of Catherine II

            Eugene Miakinkov, Swansea University

Comment: Christine Haynes, University of North Carolina Charlotte

3B. Spears, Amazons, and Porcelain: Court and Culture in Europe and Africa

Chair: Marc Lerner, University of Mississippi

Dressed Like an Amazon: Gender and representations of Queen Louise of Prussia in European Media During the Anti-Napoleonic Wars

            Samantha Sproviero, Independent Scholar

The Zulu Iklwa and the Perception of Military Revolution in the Nineteenth Century

            Jacob Ivey, Florida Institute of Technology

Of Porcelain and (German) Princes

Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University

Comment: James Brophy, University of Delaware

3C. Transatlantic Identities in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Nicole Bauer, The University of Tulsa

“They were now become subjects of England”: Negotiating Subjecthood in Quebec during the 1770s

            Jacqueline C. Reynoso, California State University, Channel Islands

James Grant Forbes & the Emergence of Floridano Identity in the Revolutionary Era

            Deborah Bauer, University of South Florida

Building a frontier discourse: Some historical reflections from the Basque lands in the Revolutionary Era

            Javier Esteban Ochoa de Eribe, University of the Basque Country

Engagés de Métier: French-Imperial Servitude in the Revolutionary Era.

            Arad Gigi, University of Southern Mississippi

Comment: The Audience

3D. The American Revolution Abroad

Chair: Edward Gray, Florida State University

“Silenced amongst the Din of Faction”: Neutrality, Conscience, and Exile in the American Revolution

            Travis Glasson, Temple University

Caribbean Rumors and False Reports as Propaganda in Revolutionary American Newspapers

            Ross M. Nedervelt, Florida International University

Friendship and Sociability: A Reexamination of Benjamin Franklin’s Friendship with Madame Brillon de Jouy

            Kelsa Pellettiere, University of Mississippi

Comment: Edward Gray, Florida State University

3E. Sacred Space and Catholic Space-Making in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Bryan Banks, Columbus State University

Elusive Grace: Miracles, Pilgrimage, and State Repression in Revolutionary France

            Killian Harrer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Our children will one day make pilgrimage to this temple”: Sacred Space in the Field of Discourse in Revolutionary France, 1789-1802

            Joseph Harmon, Florida State University

“All night long I was on the new continent”: Philippine Duchesne and French Catholic Place-Making in the Early American Republic

            Catherine O’Donnell, Arizona State University

Comment: Katie Jarvis, University of Notre Dame

Coffee Break: 15:45-16:00

Session 4: 16:00 – 17:45

4A. Allies, Enemies, and Manpower in the Napoleonic Wars

Chair: Alexander Mikaberidze, Louisiana State University – Shreveport

From Friends to Enemies: Napoleon’s Former German Allies and the Invasion of France, 1813-1814.

Michael V. Leggiere, University of North Texas

Manpower, Logistics and Feeding Napoleon’s Machine

Frederick C. Schneid, High Point University

Comment: Peter Hicks, Fondation Napoléon

4B. Revolutionary Disasters

Chair: Ronen Steinberg, Michigan State University

Incendiaries: The Great Fire of 1776 and the Spreading Nature of Radicalism and Disaster

            Benjamin L. Carp, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Revolution as Disaster

            Cindy Ermus, University of Texas at San Antonio

“A Revolution is Like a Storm.” Vincenzo Cuoco and the 1799 Neapolitan Revolution

            Sabrina Ferri, University of Notre Dame

Comment: Matthew Mulcahy, Loyola University Maryland

4C. Cultural Networks in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Jeffrey D. Burson, Georgia Southern University

Loyalists and the Birth of Libraries in New England: The Marriage of Martin and Abigail Howard

            Abby Chandler, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Benjamin Smith Barton and the Atlantic Natural History Network

            Peter C. Messer, Mississippi State University

“Colonial Relativity: Transatlantic Communications, the Multiplicity of Time, and the Coming of the American Revolution”

            Helena Yoo Roth, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York

Comment: Rosamond Hooper-Hamersley, New Jersey City University (retired)

4D. Slavery, Serfdom, and Freedom in German-Speaking Europe

Chair: Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University

Liberty and its Meanings in the Hanseatic City-States, 1780-1830

Katherine Aaslestad, West Virginia University

German Ideas of Liberty in William Tell

Marc Lerner, University of Mississippi

Enlightenment, Freedom, Slavery: Kotzebue, Merkel, and the Question of Baltic Serfdom

George Williamson, Florida State University

Comment: James Brophy, University of Delaware

4E. Rethinking Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Simulations

Led by Mary K. Robinson, Lourdes University, and Ewan Park, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School

Dinner on your own

Saturday, February 29

Registration: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Session 5: 8:30 – 10:15 AM

5A. Expertise in Practice: Ancien Régime and Revolutionary France

Chair: Elizabeth Cross, Georgetown University

A Vandal Archivist: Joseph Prunis’s Revolutionary Career

            Hannah N. Malcolm, Indiana University Bloomington

Old Regime Expertise in Revolutionary France: Public Contractors in Aix-en-Provence

            Richard Siegler, Florida State University

Economies of Expertise: Legal Medicine in Practice in Ancien Régime France

            Cathy McClive, Florida State University

Comment: Ralph Kingston, Auburn University

5B. Coins, Transport, and Whaling Ships: Refractions of Capitalism in the Age of Revolutions

Chair: William S. Cormack, University of Guelph

A Numismatic History of the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, 1789-1815

            John Dunn, Valdosta State University

From Sail to Steam: British Sea Pilots and the Transport Revolution, 1801-1850

            Tri Tran, Université de Tours

The Sakoku Edicts at Risk: Britain and America’s Economic Rivalry in East Asia, 1800-1850

            Sabrina Cervantes, Louisiana State University

Comment: William S. Cormack, University of Guelph

5C. There and Back Again: Emigration, Reintegration, and Resistance in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, (Sponsored by the Masséna Society)

Chair: Kenneth Johnson, Air Command and Staff College

Rearing and Running: Trans-Pyrenean Migration during the French Revolution

            Erik Lewis, Florida State University

Legitimacy at Stake: Napoleon and the 1802 Amnesty for Émigrés

            Timothy Carapella, Binghamton University, SUNY

Brigands, Freedom Fighters, Social Bandits, Collateral Casualties: The portrayal of Anti-Napoleon Rebels in the Historiography of Napoleonic Italy

            Doina Harsanyi, Central Michigan University

Comment: Michael Leggiere, University of North Texas

5D. Making War, Making Peace, Making Revolution

Chair: Ronen Steinberg, Michigan State University

“The Scotch will fight with ten times the rancor”: Scottish Highlanders as Counterrevolutionaries during the American Revolutionary War

            T. Cole Jones, Purdue University

Making France “Revolutionary until the Peace”: War and Politics, 1789-1799

            Christopher Tozzi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Alxandre d’Arblay’s Cross-Channel Gambit: An Émigré Soldier and the Risks of Return in Napoleonic France

            Kelly Summers, MacEwan University

Comment: Howard Brown, Binghamton University, SUNY

5E. Workers, Peasants, and Comuneros: Variations of Class Conflict in the Age of Revolutions

Chair: Christine Haynes, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Choosing June: Did France’s Second Republic Intentionally Spark a Class War?

            Lindsay Ayling, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Popular Sovereignty in the “Great Rebellion” of the Colonial Peruvian Andes

            S. Elizabeth Penry, Fordham University

Litigating the Social Contract in the Eighteenth-Century French Countryside

            Emily Rap, University of Chicago

Comment: Marcela Echeverri, Yale University

Coffee Break: 10:15 – 10:30 AM

Session 6: 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

6A. Rethinking Religion in Eighteenth Century France

Chair: Christy L. Pichichero, George Mason University

The Children of Cause Célèbre: The Calas Affair and the Religious Family Romance of Eighteenth-Century France

Bryan Banks, Columbus State University

The Science of Religion at the Académie des inscriptions

Anton Matytsin, University of Florida

The Oceans of the Enlightenment: Religious and Mythological Sources of Enlightenment Earth Sciences

Hanna Roman, Dickinson College

Comment: Jeffrey D. Burson, Georgia Southern University

6B. Roundtable: Jeremy Popkin’s A New World Begins

Chair: Jack Censer, George Mason University (Emeritus)


Katie Jarvis, University of Notre Dame

Lauren Clay, Vanderbilt University

Ronen Steinberg, Michigan State University

Response: Jeremy D. Popkin, University of Kentucky

6C. “To the Far Corners of the World: The Global Aspects of the Napoleonic Wars

Chair: J. David Markham, International Napoleonic Society

From San Ildefonso to Manila: Revolutionary War on the Margins

            Joshua Meeks, Northwest University

The Struggle for La Florida during the Napoleonic Era (1792-1814)

            Marco Cabrera Geserick, Gustavus Adolphus College

Russia and the Global Napoleonic Wars

            Alexander Mikaberidze, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Comment: Frederick Schneid, High Point University

6D. Gendered Expressions of Power in the Age of Revolutions

Chair: Susan Conner, Albion College (Emerita)

A Necessary Evil: Prostitution, Regulation, and Men’s Utopia in the Age of Enlightenment

            Justine Carré Miller, Florida State University

Six Generations of Advice:  Instructions from Queen Mothers to their Married Daughters

            Mary Duarte, Cardinal Stritch University

“Scarcely A Sovereign in the House or the Counting House:” Middle-Class Women’s Influence Within Nineteenth-Century Family Networks and Businesses

            Autumn Mayle, West Virginia University

Comment: Susan Conner, Albion College (Emerita)  

6E. Religious Dimensions of the American Revolution

Chair: Joseph Harmon, Florida State University

An Age of Balance: Enlightenment Thought and Christian Faith in Colonial American Education

            Stephanie Jannenga, Kent State University

Praying Soldiers: How Continental Soldiers Experienced Religion during the War for Independence, 1775-1783

            Roberto O. Flores de Apodaca, University of South Carolina

Land Grants, Religious Exemptions, and Aid on the Ground: The Role of Local Government in the Resettlement on Loyalist Refugee Merchants after the American Revolution

            Alexandra Mairs-Kessler, University of Delaware

Comment: Joseph Harmon, Florida State University

Lunch on your own: 12:15 – 13:45

Board of Directors Meeting

Session 7: 13:45 – 15:30

7A. Emotion, Émigrés, and Economics: The Return of French Catholicism after the Revolution

Chair: Jeffrey D. Burson, Georgia Southern University

Religious Women and the Return of Catholicism to France after Revolution (1802-1808)

            Corinne Gressang, University of Kentucky

“The Stroke of Your Love Wounded Me Forever”: Pauline Jaricot and the Question of Divine Revelation in the History of Emotions

            Jeffrey Hobbs, United States Naval Academy

“I cast myself at . . . the feet of his Majesty”: French Catholic Refugees in the U.S. Return to Bourbon Restoration France

            Mitchell Edward Oxford, William & Mary

Comment: Carol Harrison, University of South Carolina

7B. Germans in the Military Atlantic

Chair: Katherine Aaslestad, West Virginia University

The Seven Years War, Steuben, and Combined-Arms Tactics in the Continental Army

            Alexander Burns, West Virginia University

Victories and Defeat: Hessians and the Campaign of 1776

            Chris Juergens, Florida State University

A New Battalion: Ethnic German Regiments in Colonial and Revolutionary America

            John Bradstreet “Jack” Weaver, West Virginia University

Comment: T. Cole Jones, Purdue University

7C. Visual Culture, Art, and Terror: Aesthetics and Feelings in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Bette Oliver, Independent Scholar

Déjà Vu and Visual Imagination in the Revolutionary Era

            Elizabeth Mansfield, Penn State University

“That great sacrifice was made, through sad necessity”: Charles Wilson Peale’s Allegory of William Pitt and the Transatlantic Cult of Tyrannicide

            J. Patrick Mullins, Marquette University

Turning Pain into Memory: Germain de Staël’s Coping with the Terror through Literature

            Luiza Duarte Caetano, The University of Michigan

Comment: George Williamson, Florida State University

7D. “Counter-Revolutions” in the Southwestern Indian Ocean

Chair: Ralph Kingston, Auburn University

“That Fatal Decree”: Anti-Abolition in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (1796-1802)

            Nathan E. Marvin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Revolutionary Island: Violence, Slavery and Revolution in Anjouan

            Ian Coller, University of California, Irvine

The Temporalization of Slavery: The Forced Indenture of Africans after the 1817 Abolition of Slaving in Sainte Marie, Madagascar

            Kelly Brignac, Harvard University

Comment: Denise Davidson, Georgia State University

7E. Searching for Effective Naval Leadership in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Karen Reid, Joliet Junior College

‘A crackheaded, unsafe man:’ Sir Alexander Cochrane and the Revolt of the Captains, 1801

            Kevin D. McCranie, U.S. Naval War College

West India Slavery, the Royal Navy, and the troubling case of Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, 1807-1823

            Sam Cavell, Southeastern Louisiana University

Where have all the admirals gone? Napoleon’s Search for Naval Leadership during the Trafalgar Campaign, 1804-5

            Kenneth Johnson, Air University

Comment: J. Ross Dancy, U.S. Naval War College

Coffee Break: 15:30 – 15:45

Session 8: 15:45 – 17:30

8A. Archaeologists, Mormons, and Jews: Excavating Religious Identities in the Revolutionary Era

Chair: Carol Harrison, University of South Carolina

Thebes in Ancient Times

            Kerry Muhlestein, Brigham Young University

Napoleon, the War of the Consuls, and the Political, Economic, and Military Setting for the Discovery of the Abraham Papyri

            Richard E. Bennett, Brigham Young University

The Participation of Jewish Citizens in the Jury System during the French Era: New Perspectives on the Emancipation of Jews in Europe

            Emmanuel Berger, Universidade Federal de Paraíba

Comment: Xavier Marechaux, SUNY Old Westbury

8B. Beyond Treaties: Contextualizing European Diplomacy 1763-1796

Chair: David Markham, International Napoleonic Society

The Influence of External Affairs on French Army Reforms, 1763-1789

            Jonathan Abel, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

The Check is in the Mail: Britain and the Challenge of Coalition Coordination, 1792-1797

            Nathaniel Jarrett, Independent Scholar

How Not to Command a Coalition Army: The Milan Conference of 1795

            Casey Baker, University of North Texas

Comment: Frederick Schneid, High Point University

8C. Vicissitudes of the Revolutionary Wars

Chair: Michael Leggiere, University of North Texas

The Trial of Marshal Ney: Was It Necessary?

            Wayne Hanley, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Bavaria, from the Confederation of the Rhine to the Constitutional State in the German Confederation, 1806-1818

            Wulf Gruner, Universität Rostock

Testing the Narrative of Prussian Decline: The Rhineland Campaign of 1793

            Ethan Soefje, University of North Texas

Comment: Max Schulz, Florida State University

8D. Social and State Reforms in a Transnational Context

Chair: Nilay Ozok-Gundogan, Florida State University

The Formation of Modern Policy-Making: A Case Study of the Prussian Chaussee Sector, C. 1780s – 1840s.

            Felix J. Gräfenberg, University of Münster

The French Revolution and its Impact on the Ottoman State

            Evren Altinkas, University of Guelph

“If these frequent calculations be disgusting to the idle reader, it is hoped that will not be so disagreeable to political calculators”: Grasping the Empire through Censuses in the French Antilles, 1763-1804

            Fanny Malègue, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Comment: Elizabeth Cross, Georgetown University

8E. The New Napoleon Correspondance and its After-Effects (Fondation Napoléon Panel)

Chair: Victor-André Masséna, Prince d’Essling, Fondation Napoléon

Napoleon’s Correspondance durin the Syrian Campaign, February-June 1799

            Alexander Grab, University of Maine (Emeritus)

Post-Waterloo: Napoleon’s Clandestine Messages

            Peter Hicks, Fondation Napoléon

To Destiny: Bonaparte’s Six Months before & after 13 Vendemiaire, 1795

            Donald H. Barry, Florida State University

Comment: The Audience

Cash Bar: 18:00 – 19:00

Closing Banquet: 19:00 – 21:00

Keynote Lecture by Marcela Echeverri (Yale Univeristy):

“Counterrevolution in Spanish America? A Social History of Political Transformation in the Revolutionary Era”