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Contact between U.S. officials and European colonial administrators?

Hello H-SHEAR, has anyone has found instances of American ministers (not consuls) or members of Congress officially contacting in person or in written correspondence European colonial administrators in the Americas? I am aware of the rich history of filibustering in Cuba, Nicaragua, etc., but did the American government ever attempt to conduct direct relations with a European colony? I'm curious about the diplomatic status in American state policy of European colonial officials.

Thank you.

Tim Roberts 

Professor of History

Western Illinois University

SHEAR Panel on Masculinity and Religion

Dear Colleagues,

I am seeking additional participants for a potential SHEAR panel on masculinity and religon. My research focuses on changing depictions of manhood in the published biographies and memoirs of foreign missionaries throughout the first half of the nineteenth century. If you are interested in discussing issues of manhood, religious movements, social reform, and/or print culture, please contact me asap at ashley.moreshead@ucf.edu.

Thank you!

Ashley E. Moreshead, Ph.D.

University of Central Florida

Call for Book Proposals: Praeger Series in American Political Culture

This series seeks to publish innovative, cutting-edge scholarship on American political culture, political development, and political economy from all regions and historical periods.  The guiding theme is exploring how cultural factors (education, family, community, etc.) and economic change (technological innovation, depression, prosperity, market alterations, etc.) intersect with political methods (elections, strategies, laws, policies, institutions, etc.) to shape human actions throughout American history.  While the series exhibits a theme, it is understood broadly to encourage a wide a