CFP: Economic Equality in Early America

Sean Griffin's picture
February 9, 2021 to February 15, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Labor History / Studies, Political History / Studies, African American History / Studies

Looking for a third panelist for an AHA 2022 Conference panel on Economic Equality in Early America, broadly conceived. Inspired by Daniel Mandell's recent The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600–1870, the panel will interrogate various efforts to bring about a more egalitarian distribution of wealth and property in the United States and consider how they intersected with, or conflicted with, reigning ideas of political economy, republicanism, democracy, and individual rights. Dr. Mandell will serve as Chair.


The specific topic of your presentation is therefore open, but we are especially interested in papers that examine how different groups of Americans—artisans and laborers, intellectuals and reformers, free and enslaved African Americans, women, Native Americans—articulated demands for rough economic equality and the widespread distribution of property in the period between 1776 and 1860 (although a paper that traced the origins of these ideas in the 17th century would also be welcome). A paper that examines the role of African Americans and/or women in debates over political economy and equality would be most welcome.

Since the deadline for proposals is soon (February 15th), this is a somewhat last-minute endeavor; if interested, please contact me offlist ASAP.