2016 Conference Details

May 17, 2016 Comments Off on 2016 Conference Details


Homewood Suites by Hilton Huntsville-Downtown

714 Gallatin Street SW

Huntsville, AL 35801

There are 20 rooms blocked off for the conference at the price of $109 plus tax but this includes breakfast on Saturday morning. We have a conference room reserved in the hotel and it has PowerPoint and a screen.

Hotel Website:


Local Craft Beer Hour @ 5:15 p.m. on June 10th

After the keynote address there will be a cocktail hour served by Old Town Beer Exchange with local craft beers from around Huntsville. Huntsville has the largest number of craft breweries per capita in the entire South. We will have the owner of OTBX give a short class on Huntsville craft beer and then give a tasting for the “class.”

Old Town Beer Exchange:


Here is a list of restaurants in downtown Huntsville:


Friday, June 10, 2016

10am – 12pm

Panel 1: Southern Capitalism and Anti-Unionism

Matthew Hild, Comment

Chad Pearson, “Re-thinking Employer Violence and Economic Growth in the Progressive Era South”

Michael Pierce, “Free Enterprise and the Fight to Maintain Jim Crow in 1940s Arkansas”

Taco Mama will serve lunch on Friday, June 10, 2016, and it will be a taco bar with fresh fixings served at the hotel conference room. There will be beef, chicken, and veggie choices, chips and salsa, and drinks.

Lunch Website:


1:30pm – 3:30pm

Panel 2: New Approaches to Southern Capitalism

Keri Leigh Merritt, “Slavery, Capitalism, and Labor Power in the Deep South”

Enrico Beltramini, “If Southern Capitalism Exists, Which Type of Capitalism Is It?”

Scott Huffard, “Railroads and the Magic of Capitalism in Alabama”


Keynote address by Kari Frederickson

6pm Dinner on your own

Saturday, June 11, 2016 

Breakfast for guests of the hotel is included in your rate. For non hotel guests there are a number of place to eat and a Starbucks just down the street. 

8:30am – 10:30am

Panel 3: Capitalism in the Early Republic South

Robert Scott Davis, “At the Beginning and End of his Rope: Counterfeiting, Capitalism, and the Career of Thomas Davis, 1782-1822”

Patrick Luck, “‘You Shall Find Profit’: Capitalism in the Early Republic Lower Mississippi Valley”

Jonathan Wells


Panel 4: War, Industry, and Capitalism in the South

Matthew Downs, “World War I and the Impetus for Industrial Development in Mobile, Alabama”

Tyler Gray Greene, “‘Now It’s a Pasture, Now It’s a Plant’: Highways, Trucking, and the Reshaping of Rural Capitalism in Post-World War II North Carolina”

Boxed lunches will be provided for those who want to eat and run or stay and talk.



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