Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

University of Mississippi

Porter L. Fortune, Jr. Symposium

Chancellor Fortune

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 US 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.

October 7 – 8, 2016, E. F. 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