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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Free article from Canadian Review of American Studies

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Included in the free articles for October 24-30, 2012  

Canadian Review of American Studies 36.1 “Eighty Years and More: Looking Back at the Nineteenth Amendment by Mary Chapma and Angela Mills

Abstract: ‘‘Eighty Years and More – Looking Back at the Nineteenth Amendment’’ is the introduction to a special issue on American Woman Suffrage timed to coincide with the eighty-fifth anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. The anniversary invites us to raise questions about memory and memorialization, about which stories about suffrage endure (such as Susan B. Anthony’s primacy in the campaign) and which figures and activities have been excluded from myth-making chronicles like the six-volume History of Woman Suffrage. As an overview of the collection, the introduction outlines both the impetuses for and the implications of dismantling traditional narratives of suffrage and refiguring the campaign as a multilayered, multifaceted phenomenon, functioning on many fronts and involving many figures whose efforts have been hidden from history. The special issue as a whole works to challenge old orthodoxies about the suffrage campaign by re-evaluating the contributions of figures like New York author–activist Lillie Devereux Blake and Wyoming justice of the peace Esther Morris and by reconsider­ing the rhetorical work performed by the creative tactics that characterized the campaign, including oratory, literature, and stereotyping. Reviews of three recent works of scholarship on American suffrage remind us of the persistent interest in interrogating the historiography of suffrage and of the continued need for research that furthers the goals of re-evaluation.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Toronto Legal History Group now Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop

Since there is considerable overlap (probably about 99% plus) between the readers of this blog and the people on Jim Phillips' legal history distribution list, I am always reluctant to post duplicate notices.

However, there are times I do take notice here of announcements Jim has sent to the list which readers may want to be able to consult without rooting through old emails.

This seems like one of those times.

I won't reproduce the entire email (anyone who is not on the list should email Jim at pronto--you get sent great draft papers to read.)

But here is an excerpt:
...the [legal history] group is continuing to run in the same way that it has for many years. The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History is funding it, and I am very grateful to the Directors for that decision. Its formal name is now The Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop.  Once the new Osgoode Society website is up and running (in a few weeks time I hope) you will be able to access schedules and other information (and at least some papers) on that website, and information will also be posted on the Osgoode Society blog run by Mary Stokes.
For the sake of convenience the sessions will continue to be held at the University of Toronto law school.
I am also happy to say that Osgoode Hall Law School has agreed to make a financial contribution to the workshop. That contribution will be earmarked to bring in one or two speakers from outside Toronto. Again, my sincere thanks to Osgoode Hall for this, and especially to Dean Lorne Sossin.
Jim goes on to say that new or renewed memberships (which include the members' book of the year) and donations (tax receiptable) to the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History are always welcome, and while the workshop is sufficiently funded, anyone who especially wants to support the workshop financially for the future may designate his or her donation to that purpose or to the Stuart Thom fund for special projects.

You can also support the workshop by volunteering to present, attending as many sessions as you can (you don't have to restrict yourself to papers that are squarely in your area of expertise!) and sending Jim any suggestions for occasional out-of-town visitors.

Reminder: there is an extra session of the Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop this week, not listed in the orginal schedule. We look forward to seeing many of you at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, to hear Catherine MacMillan of the University of London speak on "Judging the Coronation Cases: Edwardian Advances in Contractual Frustration?".

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop meets this Wednesday, October 10th, at 6.30, Faculty Common Room, Flavelle House, U of T Law School.

The presenter is Bettina Bradbury of York University, on

"Troubling Inheritances: An Illegitimate Maori daughter contests her father’s will in the New Zealand Courts and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council."

Australia-New Zealand Legal History Conference

The bi-annual conference of the Australia-New Zealand Legal History Society is taking place at the University of Technology, Sydney, December 8-10. It is organised by Shaunnagh Dorsett, and the theme is 'Receiving Laws/Giving Laws.' The programme and other details can be accessed at

Jim Phillips