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A Picture of Panic:
Constructing Jacksonian Hard Times in Words and Images


Jessica Lepler

(2008-09 Hench Post-dissertation Fellow at AAS and Assistant Professor of History, University of New Hampshire)

Monday, November 9, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.
Elmarion Room, Goddard-Daniels House
190 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

PRÉCIS: During the spring of 1837, a dramatic financial crisis launched a period of economic chaos that ended the Jacksonian Era. The archived images of the panic of 1837, however, reflect very little of the experiences of financial uncertainty and economic hardship that are all too familiar in 2009. By exploring the construction of the panic of 1837 in words and images, "A Picture of Panic" illustrates not only the changing meaning of the word panic in the late 1830s, but also an important moment in the historical development of our own pictures of panic.


Refreshments will be provided after the paper, which will be followed by a dutch-treat dinner in Worcester. If you plan to attend, please notify Ann-Cathrine Rapp at AAS no later than Friday, November 6. Email her at arapp[at], or go to the calendar and electronic registration form.

The Society regrets that it is unable to make refunds after that date.

Reservations are suggested (and deeply appreciated) for attending the seminar. Reservations are required to attend the supper.