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Thursday, January 05, 2006


This week the American Historical Association is holding its annual meeting in Philadelphia. Included in the program are a few maritime, and/or maritime-related papers. (Certainly should be more)

The session on The Transatlantic and Intra-American Slave Trades and Black Population Trends in the Americas before 1820: An Attempt to Assemble the Big Picture includes a paper by David Eltis, Emory University entitled The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Revised Estimates of the Volume and Direction Derived from The Second Edition of the Cambridge Database of Voyages.

The session entitled on "Social Shaping of Weaponry: The History of American Military Technology in Context: Part 1—The Formative Years" includes two maritime papers; America’s Love of Technology: The Dahlgren Gun and John Dahlgren by Thomas Legg, West Chester University; and The Coast Survey and Military Cartography Albert E. Theberge Jr., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In addition the conference features a roundtable on "Riverscapes and the Formation of National Identity".

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