Florida Conference of Historians

2004 Annual Program




Hosted by

Sean McMahon

Lake City Community College

Lake City, Florida


Thursday, March 4

6:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Light refreshments in the Santa Fe Room

Friday, March 5

8:00 A.M.

Continental breakfast available

Registration continues all day in the lobby.

Be sure to visit the book vendors and also the exhibit table from the Columbia County Historical Society in the Santa Fe Room.

8:30 – 9:45 A.M.

Session A: The Cold War at Home and Abroad – Sante Fe Room

Chair: David Proctor, North Florida Community College

"American Policy and Sino-Soviet Relations: 1949-1963"

Christopher Griffin, Florida State University

"For God and County: Bishop Sheen’s Crusade Against Communism"

Michael Epple, Florida Gold Coast University


Session B: World War II – Suwannee Room

Chair: David Mock, Tallahassee Community College

"The Fog of War: American Preceptions of the Japanese Battleship Yamato"

Jay Clarke, Jacksonville University

"Hitler’s Ideological Footsoldiers: German Students in the Incorporated Territories of Poland"

Bruce McCord, University of Florida

Session C: Early Modern European Perspectives – Osceola Room

Chair: Sean McMahon, Lake City Community College

"Britain and Morocco in 1841: A Crisis Avoided"

Fred R. van Hartesvedt, Fort Valley State College (GA)

"A Woman’s Space: Rule, Place and Ysabel of Habsburg, 1570-1592"

Joseph Patrouch, Florida International University

10:00 – 10:30 – Break

10:30-11:45 AM

Session D: Religion in Context – Santa Fe Room

Chair: Paul Boyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Jonathan Mayhew’s Rational Dissent and his Critique of Calvinism in the Seven Sermons"

J. Patrick Mullins, The University of Kentucky

"The Importance of Florida for the Early Pentecostal Movement, 1909-1923"

David Michel, Chicago Theological Seminary

Session E: Textbooks and Teaching – Suwannee Room

Chair: Will Benedicks, Tallahassee Community College

"What’s Wrong with Textbooks and How to Fix Them"

David Mock, Tallahassee Community College

"When Academic Success is Considered a Failure: Recent Trends in Female Education"

Jennifer Trost, Saint Leo University

"Is PowerPoint for Suckers? A Literature Review and Recommendation for Best Practices"

James Longhurst, The University of Tampa.

12:00 – 1:30 P.M.

Lunch "on your own"

FCH Working Lunch and Annual Business meeting: Officers and Members Invited

1:30 – 2:45 P.M.

Session F: American Women’s History – Sante Fe Room

Chair: Elna Green, Florida State University

"Razing the Magnolia Curtain: Ruth Perry and the Miami NAACP"

Judith Poucher, Florida Community College, Jacksonville

"Hester Vaughn: Infanticide, Women’s Rights, and Melodrama"

Patty Farless, Valencia Community College

Session G: Labor and Political Unrest in Early Twentieth Century Florida – Suwannee Room

Chair: Noel Jacoby, Lake City Community College

"Union Insurgence in the Deep South: The 1912 Railway Strike in Jacksonville, Florida"

Ric Kabat, Gainesville College (GA)

"500 Dollars and a Case of Scotch: 1947 Florida Legislature Bribery Scandal"

Michael Hoover, Seminole Community College

3:00 – 3:30 P.M. – Break

3:30 – 4:45 P.M.

Session H: Political Reform and Social Change in Florida – Santa Fe Room

Chair: Sean McMahon, Lake City Community College

"The Diary of A.M. Reed, 1874-1892"

Louis Zelenka, Jacksonville Public Library

"A New Deal for Welfare: Governor Fred Cone and the Florida State Welfare Board"

Dave Nelson, Florida State University

Session I: Air Power in the Cold War – Suwannee Room

Chair: Jay Clarke, Jacksonville University

"The Hughes H1 Racer and the Japanese Zero"

Will Benedicks, Tallahassee Community College

"Atoms for Peace?: Tactical Nuclear Deployment on NATO’s Southern Flank, 1954-1960"

Mark O’Neill, Tallahassee Community College

5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Cocktails and Hors D’ouvres

Holiday Inn Courtyard

*In case of rain we will convene in the Suwannee Room

Welcome from Dr. Charles Hall, President, Lake City Community College

7:00 P.M.

Annual FCH Banquet – De Soto Room

Keynote Address: "666 and All That: Bible Prophecy, American Fundamentalism, and Contemporary World Trends"

Paul S. Boyer, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Saturday March 6

8:00 A.M.

Continental breakfast available.

Registration continues all morning in the lobby.

Be sure to visit the book vendors and place your final orders.

8:30 – 9:45 A.M.

Session J: Colonial and Antebellum Culture – Santa Fe Room

Chair: Jennifer Trost, St Leo University

"Cold War Barbecues: Revivalism and Political Culture in Territorial Florida"

Lee Willis, Florida State University

"Spanish Assistance During the American Revolution: A Convergence of Interests"

Phil Dove, University of North Florida

"The Demise of the Two Party Political System in Antebellum Florida"

Seth Weitz, Florida State University

Session K: Interpretations of British Imperialism – Suwannee Room

Chair: David Richards, Lake City Community College

"From Imminent Threat to Commercial Venture: Press Coverage of the First Afghan War, 1838-1842"

Stephanie Laffer, Florida State University

"Meat Pie and the Treaty of Versailles"

Amy Beth Carney, Florida State University

10:30 – 11:45 A.M.

Session L: Conflicts in the Post-Cold War Era – Sante Fe Room

Chair: Blaine Browne, Broward Community College

"The Wars in Kosovo and Iraq: the Views of Op-ed Columnists"

Jack McTague, St. Leo University

"The Changing Strategic Situation in Iraq and Iran"

Marco Rimonelli, St Leo University

"The Impact of War on Artifacts in Iraq"

Colleen Harris, Jacksonville University

Session M: The Civil War in Florida and Beyond – Suwannee Room

Chair: Ric Kabat, Gainesville College (GA)

"A Deranged State of Affairs: Governor John Milton and the Defense of Florida, 1861-1863"

Boyd Murphree, Florida State Archives

"Seceding from Secession: Geographic and Strategic Factors in the Partition of West Virginia and Virginia 1861-1863"

David Clark, Georgia State University

12:00 Noon

Conference is Adjourned.



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