Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Porter L. Fortune, Jr. Symposium

Chancellor Fortune

The Porter L. Fortune, Jr., History Symposium began as a conference on southern history in 1975. In 1983, it was named for Porter L. Fortune, Jr., chancellor emeritus, to honor his contributions to the success of the symposium. Past events have examined topics such as religion in the South; medicine and technology in the Civil War; women’s history, and the place of the United States South in the World.

The conference is held annually. It is a three day event that is free of charge and open to the general public.


Please join us for the 42nd Annual Porter Fortune, Jr. Symposium, “A Just and Lasting Peace,” Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016 at the Yerby Conference Center.

Friday, October 7, 2016
8:30 – 10:00  Leadership
A J Aiséirithe, Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community
Wendell Phillips and the Politics of Justice
Todd Arrington, National Park Service, James A. Garfield National Historic Site
“Trying to be a Radical and Not a Fool: James A. Garfield, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights”

Anne Marshall, Mississippi State University
Cassius M. Clay and His Turn against Reconstruction

10:30 – 12:00  Ex-Confederates
Jennifer Ford, University of Mississippi
“’Try to Meet Me in Heaven’: Mississippians, Death, and Ritual in the Aftermath of the Civil War”
Jennifer Lynn Gross, Jacksonville State University
“Rewarding Confederate Sacrifice: The Varied Meanings behind Pensioning Confederate Veterans and Widows”
Christina Regelski, Rice University
“Started for the Mountains:” Subversive Movement in the Confederate Shenandoah Valley, 1861-1880


2:00 – 3:30  Glimpses of a Cultural Reconstruction
Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University
Rebecca Harding
“Davis’s Uneasy Peace: Literary Radicalism, Political Uncertainty, and the Print Work of Reconstruction”
Krista Kinslow, Boston University
“Racial and Cultural Reconstruction at the Centennial Exhibition”
Kathryn McKee, University of Mississippi
“’Mississippi and Massachusetts Are a Long Way Apart’: Sherwood Bonner’s 1875 Travel Letters for the Memphis Avalanche

4:00 – 5:30 Republicans
James Fuller, University of Indianapolis
“Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Bloody Shirt”
Colin McConarty, Boston College
“A Platform for Politics: How Wartime Republican Congressmen Used a Union Disaster to Promote Their Vision of Reconstruction”
Jeff Strickland, Montclair State University
“The Benjamin Butler Confiscation Cases”

6:00, Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics
Keynote Address –Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College
“Confederate Legacy: The Significance of the West in American History”

Saturday, October 8, 2016

8:30 – 10:00  Policy
Patrick Mulford O’Connor, University of Montana
“Tobacco’s Reconstruction: Federal Tax Policy and an American Commodity after the Civil War”
Mitchell Snay, Denison University
“The Southern Republican Campaign for Immigration during Reconstruction”
Michael J. Steudeman, University of Memphis
“Reconstruction and the Fractured Foundation of American Education Policy”

10:30 – 12:00 Race and Violence
Michael Fitzgerald, St. Olaf College
“Black Belt Planters’ Response to Klan Violence”
Andrew Slap, East State Tennessee University
“Relations between Black Soldiers and Irish Cops before the Memphis Massacre of 1866”
Edward Valentin, Jr., Rice University
“USCT Regiments and the Wall of White Supremacy: Black Soldiers and Texas Civilians During Reconstruction”


2:00 – 3:30  American Reconstruction in the World
Niels Eichorn, Middle Georgia State University
“Separatism and Reconciliation: A North Atlantic Comparison”
James M. Shinn, Jr., Yale University
“The ‘Cuban Question’ and the Attempted Reconstruction of U. S. Foreign Policy, 1865-1874”
Ann L. Tucker, University of Mississippi
“Re-Making the American Nation through an International Perspective”

4:00 – 5:30  The Free and Freed
David Hopkins, Midland College
“‘Lamentable in the Extreme’: The Freedmen’s Bureau’s Treatment of Displaced White Arkansans, 1865-1867”
Shawn McAvoy, Patrick Henry Community College
“Handing Over Hanover: Postwar Local Alliances in Reconstruction Virginia”
Keith D. McCall, Rice University
“The Landscape of Slavery and the Spatial History of Emancipation”