Kristen Vogel of Texas A&M and William Sturkey of Southern Mississippi University are organizing a session for the 2012 Southern Historical Association conference in Mobile. We are looking for a third participant who examines industrial and economic growth along the Gulf Coast.
Kristen Vogel will present a paper entitled, “Becoming a ‘Monstrous Receptacle’ for Cotton: The Impact of Steamboat Transportation in the Development of Mobile, Alabama.” It focuses on the role of steamboat transportation in the development of the cotton economy during the antebellum period. William Sturkey will present a paper entitled, “Railroads and Reconstruction on the Gulf Coast: How Union and Confederate Officers Made the Mississippi Pine Belt Boom.” It focuses on years 1880-1906, and examines how Civil War veterans on each side invested in Railroads and Lumber to develop the Southern Mississippi economy.
Individuals whose work relates to the development of new transportation technologies, especially in the Progressive era and later, are particularly encouraged to contact us. Persons interested should email a paper title, paper abstract of approximately 150 words, and a one-page CV to Kristen Vogel by August 19. Please feel free to email with any questions.
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