I am seeking two panelists for an OAH 2012 panel to be sponsored by SHGAPE (the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era). The papers should show how racial leadership manifested and was performed during the social and political transformation of the United States into an example of democracy and a preeminent industrialized nation. "Race leadership" can be defined in multiple ways and I seek panelists who can contribute to a rich dialogue by demonstrating the complex, historical nature of this concept.
My paper focuses on James A. Mount, the governor of Indiana (1897-1901), as an unexpected "race" man and leader of a State that was still learning how to deal with race relations that had been problematic, to say the least, since before the Civil War. I will explore his role during a time when black middle-class Hoosiers sought recognition and rights while white working-class and middle-class Hoosiers remained devoted to their white privilege.
SHGAPE's deadline is February 15. I'll be happy to write the panel abstract and ask SHGAPE about finding a potential chair. Thank you for your consideration.
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