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Tentative Schedule and Syllabus

*Please note: Except where indicated, session presentations will be viewed by Summer Scholars before daily activities via the institute website. Readings may change prior to the institute.

• Pre-institute reading: Louis P. Masur, The Civil War: A Concise History (New York, 2011); Eric Foner and Joshua Brown, Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction (New York, 2005); James W. Cook, “Seeing the Visual in U.S. History,” Journal of American History 95:2 (September 2008); Michael L. Wilson, “Visual Culture: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis?,” in The Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Reader, eds. Vanessa R. Schwartz and Jeannene M. Przyblyski (New York, 2004).

Week One

Monday, June 28, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
Introductions / Visualizing Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Session 1 (live) – Institute overview. Principal faculty Brown, Burns, and Downs explain the institute’s curriculum and introduce their respective scholarly approaches to the study of the war and visual culture. Summer scholars introduce themselves.

[Break]

Session 2 (live) – “Setting the Stage”: Q & A with principal faculty Gregory Downs (presentation viewed previously).

  • Suggested reading: David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (New York, 2015), pp. 193-255; W. Caleb McDaniel, “The Bonds and Boundaries of Antislavery,” Journal of the Civil War Era 4:1 (March 2014); James Oakes, Scorpion’s Sting: Anti-Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War (New York, 2014), pp. 13-76.

[Break]

Session 3 (live) – Q & A with Maurie McInnis on the image of slavery and antislavery and Matthew Fox-Amato on photography, slavery, and abolition (presentations viewed previously).

  • McInnis Reading: Maurie D. McInnis, “Representing the Slave Trade,” in Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (Chicago, 2011), pp. 27-54
  • Fox-Amato Reading: John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American (New York, 2015), Introduction (pp. ix-xxviii).

Tuesday, June 29, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
The War in Oil, Bronze, and Plaster

Session 1 (live) – Q & A with principal faculty Sarah Burns about Winslow Homer’s wartime and postwar paintings (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Eleanor Jones Harvey, The Civil War and American Art (New Haven, 2012), “Introduction” (pp. 1-15) and “Aftermath” (pp. 225-41).

[Break]

Session 2 (live) – “Behind the Scenes”: Q & A with Metropolitan Museum of Art curators on Civil War era works in the museum collection, including paintings, prints, sculpture, and photographs (presentations viewed previously).

  • Suggested Reading: Steven Conn and Andrew Walker, “The History in the Art: Painting the Civil War,” in “Terrain of Freedom: American Art and the Civil War,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27 (2001); Keith F. Davis, “‘A Terrible Distinctness’: Photography of the Civil War Era,” in Keith F. Davis, The Origins of American Photography, 1839-1885: From Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate (Kansas City, 2007), pp. 173-205; Marcy J. Dinius, The Camera and the Press: American Visual and Print Culture in the Age of the Daguerreotype (Philadelphia, 2012); William Frassanito, Gettysburg: A Journey in Time (New York, 1975); Lucretia Hoover Giese, “‘Harvesting’ the Civil War: Art in Wartime New York,” in Redefining American History Painting, eds. Patricia Burnham and Lucretia Giese (Cambridge, 1995); Charmaine Nelson, The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America (Minneapolis, 2007), Chapter 5; Jeff L. Rosenheim, Photography and the American Civil War (New York, 2013); Kirk Savage, “Molding Emancipation: John Quincy Adams Ward’s The Freedman and the Meaning of the Civil War,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27:1 (2001), pp.  26-39.

[Break]

Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

Virtual social event.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
Visualizing the Civil War Battlefront

Session 1 (live) – Q & A with Susan Schulten on mapping the Civil War (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Susan Schulten, Mapping the Nation: History & Cartography in 19th Century America (Chicago, 2013), pp. 119-202; Susan Schulten, “The Civil War and the Origins of the Colorado Territory,” Western Historical Quarterly (2013).

[Break]

Session 2 (live) – Q & A with principal faculty Joshua Brown on the illustrated journalism of the Civil War (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Niki Lefebvre, “‘The Rebels’ Last Device’: Theodore R. Davis and Faithful Representations of Black Soldiers during the Civil War,” in So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North, eds. Loren Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (New York, 2015).

Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

Thursday, July 1, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
Visualizing the Civil War Home Front

Session 1 (live) – “Behind the Scenes”: Q & A with Lauren Hewes at the American Antiquarian Society on pictorial ephemera in the AAS collection pertaining to the home front during the Civil War (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Sarah Burns and Daniel Greene, “The Home at War, the War at Home: the Art of the Northern Home Front,” in Home Front. Daily Life in the Civil War North (Chicago, 2013), pp. 1-14.

[Break]

Session 2 (live) – Q & A with principal faculty Joshua Brown on the political cartoons of the Civil War (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Alice Fahs, The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 (Chapel Hill, 2001), pp. 195-224; Richard Samuel West, “Collecting Lincoln in Caricature” The Rail Splitter 1:3 (December 1995), pp. 15-17.

Working lunch: Group discussion of institute readings / Lunch conversation with Lauren Hewes.

Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

Week Two

Monday, July 5, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
Visualizing the War in the West

Session 1 (live) – Reflections on the institute's first week with principal faculty Sarah Burns, Gregory Downs, and Joshua Brown.

[Break]

Session 2 (live) – “Setting the Stage”: Q & A with principal faculty Gregory Downs (presentation viewed previously).

  • Suggested reading: Stephen V. Ash, Year in the South: 1865 (New York, 2004), pp. 127-182; Gregory P. Downs, After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War (Cambridge, 2015); Eric Foner, A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863-1877 (New York, 1990), pp. 124-179; Stacey Smith, Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation and Reconstruction (Chapel Hill, 2013).

[Break]

Session 3 (live) – Q & A with Scott Manning Stevens on the visualization of the Native American Civil War (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Scott Manning Stevens, “Other Homes, Other Fronts: Native America during the Civil War,” in Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North (Chicago, 2013).

Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

Tuesday, July 6, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
Visualizing Emancipation

Session 1 (live) – “Setting the Stage”: Q & A with principal faculty Gregory Downs (presentation viewed previously).

  • Suggested reading:Edward Ayers, The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction (New York, 1992), pp. 132-59, 409-37; Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920 (Chapel Hill, 1996), pp. 91-146; Steven Hahn, Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom (Cambridge, 2009), pp. 1-114; Michele Mitchell, Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction (Chapel Hill, 2004), pp. 3-50.

[Break]

Session 2 (live) –  Q & A with Amanda Brickell Bellows on the visualization of emancipation in the U.S. and Russia (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Peter Kolchin, “Comparative Perspectives on Emancipation in the U.S. South: Reconstruction, Radicalism, and Russia,” Journal of the Civil War Era 2:2 (June 2012): 203-32. 

[Break]

Session 3 (live) –  Q & A with Barbara Krauthamer on visualizing freedom (presentation viewed previously).

  • Reading: Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (Philadelphia, 2013), pp. 58-127.

    Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

    Wednesday, July 7, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
    Visualizing Reconstruction

    Session 1 (live) – “Behind the Scenes”: Q & A with Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture curators/archivists on Reconstruction-era works in its collections (presentations viewed previously).

    • Reading: TBA

    [Break]

    Session 2 (live) –  Q & A with Allison Lange on the visual culture of woman's suffrage (presentation viewed previously).

    • Reading: Allison Lange, Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women's Suffrage Movement (Chicago, 2020), pp. 53-87.

    [Break]

    Session 3 (live) –  Q & A with Jermaine Archer and Amanda Frisken on the Gilded Age African American Press (presentation viewed previously).

    • Reading: Andrea N. Williams, “Cultivating Black Visuality: The Controversy over Cartoons in the Indianapolis Freeman,” American Periodicals 25:2 (2015).

    Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

    Week Three

    Monday, July 12, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
    The Lost Cause, Memory, and Jim Crow

    Session 1 (live) –  Q & A with principal faculty Sarah Burns and Joshua Brown on the visual culture of Reconstruction and shared and distinctive approaches in art history and history (presentation viewed previously).

    • Reading: Patricia Hills, “Cultural Racism: Resistance and Accommodation in the Civil War Art of Eastman Johnson and Thomas Nast,” in Patricia Johnston, ed. Seeing High and Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture (Berkeley, 2006), pp. 103-123.

    [Break]

    Session 2 (live) –  Q & A with Dell Upton on monuments, the Lost Cause, and the memory of the Civil War (presentation viewed previously).

    • Reading: Dell Upton, “The Unknownable Dead: The Civil War and the Origins of Modern Commemoration,” in The Civil War in Art and Memory, ed. Kirk Savage (New Haven, 2016).

    Participant conferences with institute faculty about projects (scheduled earlier).

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)
    Public History

    Session 1 (live) –  Q & A with Louise Bernard, Turkiya Lowe, and Dominique Jean-Louis on recent and planned exhibitions, memorials, and museums addressing the history of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.

    • Reading: William A. Blair, “Celebrating Freedom: The Problem of Emancipation in Public Commemoration,” in Lincoln’s Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered, eds. William A. Blair and Karen Fisher Younger (Chapel Hill, 2009.

      [Break]

        Presentations by participants of their research or teaching projects - 1.

        Presentations by participants of their research or teaching projects - 2.

        [Break]

        Presentations by participants of their research or teaching projects - 3.

        Wednesday, July 14, 2021: Noon - 5pm (EDST)

        Session 1 (live) – With principal faculty Joshua Brown, Sarah Burns, and Gregory Downs summing up the institute’s proceedings and focus.

        [Break]

        Presentations by participants of their research or teaching projects - 4.

        Presentations by participants of their research or teaching projects – 5.

        [Break]

        Presentations by participants of their research or teaching projects – 6.

        Session 2 (live) – Wrap Up.

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