This is a Call for Papers for a conference and volume about "Class and Class Struggles in North America and the Atlantic World, 1500-1800". In addition to scholars of mainland North America and Britain, we are especially interested in involving historians of Latin America, the West Indies, and Africa to permit a discussion of the Atlantic World.
To encourage discussion of these issues and to make the volume more coherent, we are organizing a conference focusing on this topic in September 2003 in Bozeman, Montana. We ask potential contributors to the volume to present their essays at the conference. (We are also hoping to edit a special edition of LABOR HISTORY on this topic). Scholars interested in the volume and/or conference should submit by July 15, 2002 a 600-word proposal and a brief vita (preferably as attached email files) to Professor Simon Middleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Professor Billy Smith (email@example.com). The detailed Call for Papers and more information about the conference and volume are available at the Conference website.
We warmly invite you to engage in discussion with other scholars, a dozen of whom have already expressed interest in the project, including Marcus Rediker, Simon Newman, Susan Klepp, Gary Nash, Jesse Lemisch, Woody Holton, Gail Danvers, Michael Zuckerman, and Ron Schultz. A note on the conference: Since the mountains of Montana can be especially beautiful in the early Fall, and because we are close to Yellowstone National Park, one important sub-theme will be: "The Way a Conference Should Be." Besides visiting some beautiful places, we may even require a two-joke minimum be included in each paper and comment. After all, analyzing class in today's world often demands a sense of humor.
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