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May 17, 2004
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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Richmond, VA–The Virginia Historical Society has awarded forty research fellowships for 2004
to scholars from twenty-one states, the United Kingdom, Russia, and France. Each receives a stipend while
conducting research at the VHS. The most popular broad categories examined in recent years have been
African American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and women's history. Some of the specific
projects being researched this year include the ideological origins of American foreign policy (Maria
Troyanovsky, Moscow State University), a cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley (Paul Anderson,
Clemson University), economic development and agricultural colonization in the U.S. South between
1884 and 1924 (Lauren Braun, University of Illinois), Quaker communities in northern Virginia,
1750–1860 (Glenn Crothers, Indian University), and a study of the Chickasaw Indians (Wendy
St. Jean, Boston University). A complete listing of recipients and topics is attached.
The Mellon Fellowship program, now in its seventeenth year, was initially endowed by a grant from The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1987. Since then, contributions from other sources have enabled the
VHS to create these additional fellowships: the Frances Lewis Fellowships in women's studies, the
Betty Sams Christian Fellowships in business history, and the Reese Fellowships in American
Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas. More than 400 researchers have
received fellowships since the program's creation. For Fellowships information, visit www.vahistorical.org
VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR 2004
Paul C. Anderson of Clemson University for researching a cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley.
Jacob Blosser of the University of South Carolina for researching the dissertation, "Pursuing Happiness:
Latitudinarianism and the Anglo-American Mind."
Douglas M. Bradburn of the Newberry Library for researching opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Lauren H. Braun of the University of Illinois at Chicago for a dissertation concerning economic development
and agricultural colonization in the U.S. South between 1884 and 1924.
Steven C. Bullock of Worchester Polytechnic Institute for researching the book, The Politics of Politeness: Culture, Class, and Power
and Provincial America, 1690–1760.
Leslie Campbell of Michigan State University for researching the dissertation, "'Better Living': Black Female Material Culture, 1916–1937."
Scott Casper of the University of Nevada, Reno for researching the book, Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon: African American Life at an American
Shrine, from Slavery to Jim Crow.
Lynda L. Crist of The Papers of Jefferson Davis for researching a volume of the Papers of Jefferson Davis.
A. Glenn Crothers of Indiana University Southeast for researching Quaker communities in northern Virginia, 1750–1860.
John Davies of the University of Delaware for researching connections between the Haitian Revolution and communities of African Americans in the United States.
Jose O. Diaz of The Ohio State University for studying imprisoned soldiers during the Civil War.
Brandon Dupont of the University of Kansas for studying the development of credit market institutions in the South following the Civil War.
Rebecca A. Goetz of Harvard University for researching the dissertation, "Lurking Indians, Outlying Negroes, and Christian English: Religion
and the Construction of Race in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake."
John Wess Grant of Michigan State University for researching the dissertation, "The Limitations of Free Black Communities
and Post Colonial Nationalism: A Comparative History of Richmond, Virginia, and Monrovia, Liberia, Black Communities, 1817–1870."
Barbara Hahn of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the dissertation, "Making Tobacco Bright: Big Business,
Small Farms, and the Creation of an Agricultural Commodity, 1830s–1930s."
Kimberly Harrison of Florida International University for researching the book, Writing in Tumultuous
Times: The Rhetorics of Confederate Women's Civil War Diaries.
Kathleen M. Hilliard of the University of South Carolina for studying slaves' consumer activity in the antebellum South.
Reiko Hillyer of Columbia University for researching the dissertation, "Designing Dixie: Landscape, Tourism, and Memory in the New South, 1870–1930."
John G. Jacobsen of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a biographical study of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Philip Pendleton Barbour.
Caroline E. Janney of the University of Virginia for researching the role of white women in the celebration and creation of the Confederate past.
James C. Klotter of Georgetown College for a study of Henry Clay and the American Presidency.
Michael A. LaCombe of New York University for researching the dissertation, "Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World, 1570–1640."
Timothy Lockley of the University of Warwick for a study of charity in the antebellum South.
Thomas Mackey of the University of Louisville for researching the book, Law in the Ranks: Legal Culture Among Civil War Soldiers.
Aaron W. Marrs of the University of South Carolina for a study of railroads in the antebellum South.
Rebecca Montgomery of Georgia Perimeter College for a biography of Celeste S. Parrish.
Kenneth W. Noe of Auburn University for a study of the reasons behind enlistment in armies during the course of the Civil War.
Gregory E. O'Malley of Johns Hopkins University for researching the dissertation, "Final Passages: The
British Inter-Colony Trade in Slaves in the Long Eighteenth Century."
Eric W. Plaag of the University of South Carolina for a study of how travels to the South during the antebellum era helped shape
notions and create a national consciousness of the region.
Paul Quigley of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for researching the dissertation, "Disordered Nation:
The Evolution of Southern Nationalism, 1848–1865."
J. F. Saddler of Temple University for the dissertation concerning American Episcopalians entitled "Republic of Zion: Piety, Purity, and Nation, 1780–1830."
Wendy St. Jean of Boston University for a study of the Chickasaw Indians.
James J. Schaefer of the University of Toledo for researching a dissertation, "'Popular Clamour Runs Very High': The Politics of Cowardice
during the Revolutionary Era, 1763–1783."
Beth Barton Schweiger of the University of Arkansas for researching the book, Reading Slavery: Literacy, Virtue, and Freedom in the Early South.
Tristan Stubbs of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge for a study of plantation overseers in the eighteenth-century South.
Michael Ayers Trotti of Ithaca College for researching the book, Murder and Modern Sensibility: Sensationalism and Cultural
Change in a Southern City from the Victorian Era to the Age of Ragtime.
Maria Troyanovsky of Moscow State University for a study of the ideological origins of American foreign policy.
François Weil of the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales for researching a cultural history of genealogy in the United States.
Tomoko Yagyu of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for researching the slave trade in antebellum Richmond and Alexandria.
John Zaborney of the University of Maine at Presque Isle for researching slave hiring in antebellum Virginia.
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a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric
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