March 1-3,


Hosted by
North Florida Community College

Local Arrangements Chair
Will Benedicks
Tallahassee Community College

Program Chair
David Proctor
North Florida Community College


Anthony Beninati
Valencia Community College

President Elect
David Proctor
North Florida Community College

Vice President:
Blaine Brown
Broward Community College

Permanent Secretary
David Mock
Tallahassee Community College

Permanent Treasurer
Will Benedicks
Tallahassee Community College

FCH  officials would like to express their thanks to David Mock, Will Benedicks, and David Proctor for  organizing the conference and selecting the keynote speaker. Carol Phillips, nfcc departmental secretary, generously assisted in the preparation of the conference brochure and program.


On behalf of the North Florida Community College Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome the Florida Conference of Historians to Tallahassee, Florida.

NFCC, located in Madison, Florida, is a rural community college serving Madison, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, Taylor, and Jefferson counties.  At NFCC, we believe that learning history is essential for community college students and we make that subject an integral part of our general education requirements.

Our instructors are convinced that historical knowledge  enables NFCC students to achieve a stronger and more intellectually  sophisticated understanding of the state, nation, and world in which they live. Most importantly, we believe that a well-informed and historically  literate citizenry is vital to the health and vibrancy of our republic.

NFCC is proud to be a part of the thirty-nine year tradition of the Florida Conference of Historians.  I hope that your discussions are stimulating and productive and that they contribute to and strengthen the teaching of history in Florida.


Dr. Beverly Grissom
North Florida Community College



7:00-10:00 p.m. Registration & Reception



8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration with coffee and doughnuts, Pre-Function Area


9:00-10:00 a.m. Session 1A

Slavery In the American South, Cambridge Room
Chair: Mary Louise Ellis, Tallahassee Community College
1.  “No Isolated Incident: The Sexual Exploitation of Female Slaves.”
Jennifer McCarley, Florida State University
2.  “Slave Health in the Deep South in Dollars, Cents, and Sense: The Economic Implications for the Institution.”
Andrea Howard, Florida State University

9:00-10:00 a.m. Session 1B

Medieval Europe, Regency 3
Chair: Paul Edson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Carol Miller, Tallahassee Community College, "The Foure Sonnes of Aymon ” as an Introduction to Knightly Culture.”
Frank Williams, Augusta State University, "The Decline of the Governing Role of the Church in Agen, 1453-1562.”


10:30-11:30 a.m. Session 2A

Japan: Medieval and Modern, Cambridge
Chair: Blaine T. Browne, Broward Community College
Kazuo Yagami, Florida State University, “The Internment of Japanese-Americans and Earl Warren.”
Taneo Ishikawa, Florida State University, “Japan’s Asuka Period (600-710) Revisited.”

10:30-11:30 a.m. Session 2B

U.S. History, Regency 3
Chair: Sean McMahon, Lake City Community College
Matt McCook,  Florida State University, “Tracing American Liberalism: A Comparative  Study on the Minds of William Ellery Channing and Ralph Waldo Emerson.”
Barbara Mattick, Florida Department of State Bureau of Historic Preservation “Bishop John Henry Hopkins’ Plan for Saving the Union.”

2:00-3:00 p.m. Session 3A

Florida History, Cambridge
Chair:   David Proctor, North Florida Community College
David Jackson, Florida A & M University, “Following the Smoke to the Fire: Race Relations in Florida in the Early Twentieth Century.”
Joe Akerman, North Florida Community College, "Jake Summerlin: Cattle King and Philanthropist.”

2:00-3:00 p.m. Session 3B

History and Education, Regency 3
Chair:  Blaine Brown
Irving Solomon, Florida Gulf Coast University, “Reinventing History Education for the New Millenium.”

David Mock, Tallahassee Community College, “Clio Confronts Complexity.”


3:30-4:30 p.m. Session 4A

American Historical Association Presents: Preparing Future Faculty in Florida: A Roundtable Discussion, Cambridge

Chair: Jonathan Grant, Florida State University


Will Benedicks, Tallahassee Community College

Kyle Eidahl, Florida A&M University

Jeff Strickland, Florida State University

Pamela Robbins, Florida State University


3:30-4:30 p.m. Session 4B

Military History, Regency 3
Chair: John J. McTague, St. Leo University
Jay Clarke, Jacksonville University, “The Politics of Arms Not Given: Japan and Ethiopia in the 1930s.”
Krista Himmelstrand, Jacksonville University, “A Fatal Mistake: Hitler’s Decision to Declare War on the United States.”


8:00-9:00 a.m. Late Registration, Pre-Function Area
Coffee and Doughnuts

9:00-10:15 a.m.  Session 5A

Military History, Cambridge
Chair: David Mock, Tallahassee Community College
Mark O’Neill, Florida Department of Health, “ Military Technology Transfer between Communist States: USSR and the PRC during the Early Cold War.”
Monte Finkelstein, Tallahassee Community College, “Sicily, The United States, and the 49th State, 1943-1947.”

9:00-10:15 a.m. Session 5B

U. S. Women’s History, Regency 3
Chair: Elna Green, Florida State University
Jennifer Trost, St.  Leo University, "Motherhood in Private and Public: Domestic Relations in the Rural South and Maternalism in Memphis Juvenile Court.”

Kevin Witherspoon, Tallahassee Community College, “Occupied New Orleans in the Civil War, Beauty and the Beast: The Women of New Orleans and Benjamin Butler.”

10:45 a.m. -12:00 noon Session 6A

U. S. Women’s History, Cambridge
Chair: Elna Green, Florida State University
Karen Rubin, Florida State University, “Not Sisters, Not Slaves: Domestic Relationships between Black and White Women  in Rural Georgia, 1901-1913.”
Tameka Hobbs, Florida State University, “Black Midwives in Florida and the Intersection of Race, Gender and Medieval Practices.”

10:45 a.m. -12:00 noon Session 6B

U.S. Ethnic History, Regency 3

Chair: Monte Finkelstein, Tallahassee Community College

Madeleine Carr, Florida State University, “The Other Great Migration: Cultural Contact Zones in Florida.”
Neil Betten, Florida State University, “The German-American Response to Nazi Germany: The 1939 World’s Fair Incident.”

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