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Samuel J. Thomas <email@example.com>
Michigan State University
I am currently researching the American Catholic Bishops Response to Catholic dissent on contraception during the late 1960s, the last part of a book length project entitled: American Catholicism in the 1960s: Authority and Dissent in An Age of Cultural Revolution."
I am also planning for a forthcoming museum exhibit of original political cartoons entitled: "No holds barred: Political Cartoons of the Gilded Age." The exhibit will be held at the MSU Museum and run through fall semester 2008.
|Address:||Department of History
301 Morrill Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Catholic
Advisory Board Member for H-SHGAPE
Reviewer for H-Women
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
My degrees are as follows: B.A. Kent State U; M.A. and PhD, Michigan State U.
From 1966-1989,I taught European history or humanities,and from 1989 I have taught several courses in American history,including the survey, methods courses focusing on immigration and on child welfare in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, upper level lecture courses in the late 19th and 20th centuries, senior seminars on Americanization/immigration; and on the use of political cartoons as primary sources for the political history of the the Gilded Age. Most recently I have taught an upper level course entitled "Catholics in Modern America."
My most recent publications, those since 2000, include:"A 'final disposition one way or another': The Real End of the First Curran Affair," The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 91 (October 2005), 214-242.
"Teaching the GAPE (and other periods) with Political Cartoons: A Systematic Approach to Primary Source Analysis," The History Teacher, Vol. 37 (August 2004), 425-446.
"Mugwump Cartoonists, the Papacy and Tammany Hall in the Gilded Age," for Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Vol. 14 (Summer 2004) 213-250.
"Holding the Tiger: Mugwump Cartoonists and Tammany Hall in Gilded Age New York," New York History, LXXXII (Spring, 2001), 155-182.
“In No Sense an Inquisition: Alexander Zaleski and the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, 1966-1970,” Polish American Studies, LVII (Spring 2000), 55-72.
Conferences: I have participated in over seventy professional conferences as presenter, commentator, chair or panelist.
In 2004, I completed a third edition of a CD entitled "Political Cartoons of the Gilded Age." The CD, containing political cartoons photographed from the originals, was used in a senior seminar Spring semester 2001 and 2002. This edition adds more than one hundred additional cartoons, for a total of over five hundred. The original edition was produced with the support of a research grant from Michigan State University.
A related project: I am seeking support for an exhibit of more than one hundred original political cartoons from Puck, the premier magazine of satire in the Gilded Age.