Publication Date

September 1, 1990

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

At its spring meeting, the Association’s Research Division selected twenty-five AHA members to receive grants for further research in the history of the Western hemisphere.

Previously, Beveridge grants were limited to research in American history, but to conform with the coverage of the Albert J. Beveridge Award for books in American, Canadian, and Latin American history, the division proposed, and the Council approved, that the grants be offered for research in the history of the Western hemisphere. The Littleton-Griswold grants-in-aid program for research in American legal history and the field of law and society is also administered by the division. The number of grants awarded each year depends on the balance of income from the funds after other continuing obligations are met. The Kraus grant seeks to recognize the most deserving proposals relating to work in progress on a research project in American colonial history, with particular reference to the intercultural aspects of American and European relations.

The following members, and their proposed research projects, were selected from the one hundred applications reviewed:


Beveridge Grants


79 Applications—14 Grants

Anne S. Brown, Ph.D. cand., Boston University, “The Social Dimensions of Religious Belief and Practice in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1700—1765”

Julie Charlip, Ph.D. cand., University of California, Los Angeles, “The Development of Coffee in Nicaragua, 1850–1950”

Elizabeth Dore, asst. prof., Middlebury College, “The Transformation of Rural Society in Southern Nicaragua, 1860–1965”

Gail E. H. Evans, Ph.D. cand., University of California, Santa Barbara, “Storm Over Niagara”

Kimberly S. Hanger, Ph.D. cand., University of Florida, “Personas de varios clases y colores: Free People of Color in Spanish New Orleans, 1769–1803”

Diana J. Kleiner, asst. instr., University of Texas at Austin, “Places of Business: Contributions of Management to American Cultural Experience, 1870–1940”

Basdeo Mangru, high school teacher, New York City, “Cultural Adaptation and Resilience in the Guyanese Indian Community, 1870–1950”

Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, Ph.D. cand., Columbia University, “A Socio-Economic Study of Women in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1800–1870”

Diane S. Meisenhelter, Ph.D. cand., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, “Blurring the Boundaries: Segmentation of Labor by Race and Gender, Cincinnati, 1910–1930”

Mary A. Renda, Ph.D. cand., Yale University, “The Meanings of the Haitian Folk: Cultural Dimensions of American Intervention in the Caribbean, 1915–1946”

Johanna Schoen, Ph.D. cand., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “The State and Reproduction: The Birth Control and Sterilization Programs in North Carolina, 1920s–1970s”

Bryant Simon, Ph.D. cand., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “‘Which Side are You On?’: Historians and Working-Class Protest in the Southern Cotton Mill World”

Daniela Spenser, Ph.D. cand., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Encounter of Two Revolutions: Mexican-Soviet Relations, 1917–1930”

Xi Wang, Ph.D. cand., Columbia University, “Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1870–1890”

Kraus Grant

6 Applications—1 Grant

A. Roger Ekirch, prof., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, “At Day’s Close: Night in the Early Modern World”

Littleton-Griswold Grants

15 Applications—10 Grants

Wayne K. Durrill, documentary history ed., University of Maryland, College Park, “Rural Development in a New South Community, 1865–1940”

Martha Hodes, Ph.D. cand., Princeton University, “Sex Across the Color Line: White Women and Black Men in the American South, 1680–1880”

Philippa J.A. Levine, asst. prof., Florida State University, “Recourse to Reglementation: Legal Views of Prostitution in Nineteenth Century America and Britain”

Kenneth Lipartito, asst. prof., University of Houston, “Corporations and Regional Interests: A Reinterpretation of Regulation in American History”

Patricia Hagler Minter, Ph.D. cand., University of Virginia, “The Codification of Jim Crow: The Origins of Segregated Railroad Transit in the South, 1865–1910”

Linda C. A. Przybyszewski, postdoctoral fellow, University of Cincinnati, “The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan”

Thomas D. Russell, Ph.D. cand., Stanford University, “A Transformation of American Markets: Auctions in Law, Economy, and Society, 1800–1860”

Allen Steinberg, asst. prof., Harvard University, “The Origins of Public Authority in American Cities, 1790–1880”

John Wertheimer, fellow, New York University Law School, “Free Speech and American Legal Culture”

John C. Willis, Ph.D. cand., University of Virginia, “The New South’s Promised Land: Life in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, 1865–1920”

The deadline for the 1991 competition will be February 1, 1991. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list to receive updated application forms when available for the Beveridge, Kraus, Littleton-Griswold or Schmitt Grants, please write the Executive Assistant, AHA, 400 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003.