Thursday June11, 2009 5:30 — 7:00 p.m.
"We Waite Impatiently to Hear": The Intersections of Boundaries, Loyalties, and Commercial Activities in the Revolutionary Atlantic
Patricia Rogers, Michigan State University
This essay focuses on Simeon Perkins (a Nova Scotian merchant during the revolutionary era), along with his commercial activities, to explore a cluster of questions surrounding the economic relationship between Nova Scotia and the original mainland colonies, as well as the colony's position within the British Atlantic empire. In general, the questions center on pre-existing commercial patterns, what became of established networks after the American Revolution, and what that says about commercial centers. In particular, I wish to explore the relationship, if any, between commercial activity and loyalty to the British empire. Within that context, how did individuals on both sides of the Atlantic view illicit commerce, such as smuggling?
All papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person. For a copy of the paper, e-mail Heather Radke at firstname.lastname@example.org,or call (312) 255-3524.
The Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History and Culture is co-sponsored by the History Departments of DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago
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