Monday, February 10, 2014

Business History at the OAH Meeting

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) will hold its next annual meeting on April 10-13, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia; the meeting's theme is "Crossing Borders." The full program is now available on-line. A scan through the listings finds several sessions and papers of interest (sessions are not linked on the website, so I've identified them by day and time):
Full sessions:
"Winged Gospel or Concrete Foundation: The Transformative Power of American Aviation" (Thursday, 9-10:30 a.m.)
"Rethinking 'Free Enterprise' in the Postwar United States" (Thursday, 9-10:30 a.m.)
"Cloaked Histories, Contested Objects: Clothing, Commerce, and Encounter in the Nineteenth Century" (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
"Integrating the American Workplace" (Thursday, 1:45-3:15 p.m.)
"Crossing Borders and Economic Mobility: New Answers to Old Questions" (Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
"Crossing Professional Borders in America, 1890-2000" (Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
"The Business of Immigration: Transnational Workers on the Canadian and Southwest Borderlands" (Friday, 1:50-3:20 p.m.)
"Hawaiian Border Crossings: Capital, Commodities, and Bodies" (Saturday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
"The Fuel at the Center of It All: New Perspectives on Coal in Industrial America" (Saturday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
"How the Coca Cola Company Conquered the World" (Saturday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
"Selling Real and Artificial Nature: Consumption and the Environment in the Twentieth-Century United States" (Saturday, 10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m)
"Global Capitalism at the Nexus of Culture and Political Economy"  (Saturday, 10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m)
"Service Unending: Toward a Long History of  a Service-Sector Working Class in the United States, 1800-1952" (Saturday, 10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
"Food and Agriculture in the Cold War World" (Saturday, 1:50-3:20 p.m.)
"Economies of the Unexpected: Slaves, Female Farmers, and Families across the Rural Antebellum South" (Sunday, (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
Individual papers:
Shirley Thompson, "New Negro 'Captains of Industry' and the European Tour" (Thursday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
Heather Lee, "The Right to Migrate: The Roots of the Chinese Restaurant Industry in U.S. Immigration Law, 1894-1915" (Thursday, 1:35-3:15 p.m.)
Elizabeth Harmon, "Debating the Business of Benevolence: Progressive Era Philanthropy, the Roclefeller Foundation, and the Federal Charter" (Thursday, 1:35-3:15 p.m.)
William Bergmann, "Masculinity and Risk in Antebellum Credit Reporting" (Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
Joshua Clark Davis, "Black Bookstores, Natural Groceries, and the Quest for Consumer Liberation in the 1960s and 70s" (Friday, 10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m.)
John Harris, "New York Merchants and the Illegal Slave Trade to Cuba, 1850-1866" (Friday, 1:50-3:20 p.m.)
Brian Luskey, "The Slave Trade Speculations of Monroe Edwards and Lewis Tappan" (Friday, 1:50-3:20 p.m.)
Gavin Whitelaw, "Of Barcodes and Backyards: Depersonalizing Community Retail in a Japanese Convenience Store" (Friday, 1:50-3:20 p.m.)
Dong Yu, "The Debates Caused by Business Corporations in the Early Republic" (Saturday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
Robert Voss, "Iron Horses and Indigenous Crossroads: Railroads, Resources, and Sovereignty in Indian Territory" (Saturday, 1:50-3:20 p.m.)
This is only a sampling; many other sessions contain papers of related interest on slavery, labor, and gender. For complete information about the meeting, please consult the OAH meeting website.