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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of History


The Entangled Histories of the United States, Latin America, and Europe in the 1860's

March 19, Wednesday

4:00-4:15, Welcome, Introduction
Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina

Session One: 4:15-6:00: The US and the World

  • Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina, presiding
  • Jörg Nagler, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, “The Global Significance of the American Civil War”
  • Jay Sexton, Oxford University, “The Civil War and U.S. World Power”
  • Comment: Howard Jones, University of Alabama
  • Discussion


March 20, Thursday

Session Two, 9:00-10:30, Union and Confederate Foreign Policy

  • Don H. Doyle, presiding
  • Howard Jones, University of Alabama, “Union Foreign Policy and the American Crisis of the 1860s”
  • Patrick J. Kelly, University of Texas-San Antonio, “The Cat’s-Paw: Confederate Diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere”
  • Comment: Erika Pani, El Colegio de México
  • Discussion

Coffee Break, 10:30-11:00

Session Three: 11:00-12:30, European Imperial Designs in the Americas

  • Edoardo Marcello Barsotti, Fordham University, presiding
  • Stève Sainlaude, l’université Sorbonne Paris IV, “France’s Grand Design and the Confederacy”
  • Richard Huzzey, University of Liverpool, “Manifest Dominion: The British Empire and the 1860s Crises of the Americas”
  • Comment: Jay Sexton, Oxford University
  • Discussion

Lunch Break: 12:30-2:30

Session Four: 2:30-4:00, Spain’s American Empire

  • Erika Pani, El Colegio de México, Mexico, presiding
  • Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University, “From Aggression to Crisis: The Spanish Empire in the 1860s”
  • Anne Eller, Yale University, “'Rise, compatriots': Dominican Civil Wars, Slavery, and Spanish Annexation, 1844-1865”
  • Comment: Matt D. Childs, University of South Carolina
  • Discussion

Break, 4:00-4:15

Session Five: 4:15-5:15, Southern Imperialist Ambitions

  • Antonio De La Cova, University of South Carolina, presiding
  • Robert May, Purdue University, “Bury the Purple Dream: Confederates, Visions of Empire, and the Quest for Nationhood”
  • Comment: Patrick J. Kelly, University of Texas-San Antonio
  • Discussion

March 21, Thursday

Session Six: 9:00-10:30, Latin American Republicanism and its Enemies

  • T.M. James, University of South Carolina-Beaufort, presiding
  • Hilda Sábato, Universidad de Buenos Aires, “Arms and Republican Politics in Spanish America”
  • Erika Pani, El Colegio de México, “Juárez vs Maximiliano: Mexico's Experiment with Monarchy”
  • Comment: Marco Antonio Pamplona, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
  • Discussion

Coffee Break: 10:30-11:00

Session Seven: 11:00-12:30, Slavery, Emancipation, and the Crisis of the 1860s Charlton Yingling, University of South Carolina, presiding

  • Rafael Marquese, Universidade de São Paulo, “The Civil War in the United States and the Crisis of Slavery in Brazil”
  • Matt D. Childs, University of South Carolina, “Slavery and Emancipation: Cuba, the Atlantic Crisis of the 1860s, and the Road to Abolition in 1886”
  • Comment: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University
  • Discussion

Lunch 12:30-2:30

Session Eight: 3:00-4:30, Roundtable Discussion: The Entangled Histories of American Civil Wars in the 1860s

  • Don H. Doyle, presiding
  • Marco Antonio Pamplona, Hilda Sábato, Matt D. Childs, Marcus Gräser