"A Paradigm From Another Shore"
--Gretchen A. Adams, Texas Tech University
"The Revolutionary Pacific"
--Michelle Burnham, Santa Clara University
"Melville's Pisgah View"
--Rick Rodriguez, Loyola University Chicago
"White Monsters: Early American Nightmares in Color"
--Karen Nicole Salt, Purdue University
Chair: Dennis D. Moore, Florida State University
This roundtable follows logically from the one the ASA's EARLY AMERICAN MATTERS CAUCUS sponsored at the Oakland conference, "Roundtable: Re-Imagining ‘early America’ From Inside Out.” We are excited about this session, which has evolved from historian James Spady's suggesting a panel on "Early AmericaS: Pacific and Atlantic," building on the recent increase in scholarly attention to "the Americas" within various trans-hemispheric, global, and post-national contexts. In early 2005, for example, the special issue of the on-line journal Common-place opened with an essay by two historians, “Toward a Pacific World”; for Edward Gray and Alan Taylor, focusing upon the early modern Pacific World offers historians an escape from “nations and states as the defining subjects of historical understanding, turning instead to large scale processes.”
CREDIT: Map showing the oceans listed as the North Sea and the South Sea. "America with Those Known Parts in That Unknowne Worlde,"1626. Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.