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2014 - ASEH Conference – San Francisco Words: 301 words || 
1. Beamish, Anne. "Venerable Relic: The Great Elm on the Boston Common" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Conference – San Francisco, Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel, San Francisco, California, <Not Available>. 2019-08-19 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: The subject of endless speculation and stories, the “Great Elm,” “Old Elm,” or the “Great Tree,” was the oldest and largest tree on the Boston Common and a beloved citizen of the city until its demise in 1876. Of unknown age, the enormous tree was finally brought down by a February storm. No one was injured, but within minutes a frenzied crowd of boys and men were taking away parts of the tree as mementos. Within three hours, only the trunk and some twigs were left.

The Great Elm on the Boston Common was central to the culture and identity of the city. Not only was it located in the city’s most important civic space, it was a physical link or witness to the city’s long and turbulent past. But in spite of its age and importance, it only came to be revered in its later years, and it wasn’t until J.C. Warren’s 1853 The Great Tree on the Boston Common that the tree became a celebrity. The Great Elm also suffered from a case of mistaken identity. Until the early 1800s, most of the references to the “great tree” or “great elm” referred to a nearby large tree on Orange (Washington) Street that came to be known as the “Liberty Tree” when effigies were hung from it to protest the reviled 1765 Stamp Act. The two trees were further conflated when an 18th century map placed the Liberty Tree on the location of the Great Elm on the Common and caused enough confusion that even well-known 19th century historians sometimes referred to the Common’s elm as the “Liberty Tree.”

This paper retraces the Great Elm’s history and its emergence as an important historical icon for the city in a time of enormous upheaval and change.

2016 - 40th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference Words: 65 words || 
2. Yancy, Brittney. "Living Under Fire: Panther Women, Black Power, and the Elm City" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 40th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference, Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2019-08-19 <>
Publication Type: Panelist Abstract
Abstract: This paper explores the ideological formations of women in the Black Panther Party with a key focus on women who were incarcerated in New Haven, CT. Incarcerated women and their writings changed the scope, glimpse, and direction of the Black Panther Party and its national ideology. The goal of this paper is to provide a deeper understanding of women's rights, incarceration-based activism and social justice.

2017 - 41st Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference Words: 85 words || 
3. Canton, David. "The Civil Rights Struggle in the Elm City: The NAACP in New Haven" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 41st Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference, Hilton Houston Post Oak, Houston, TX, Mar 08, 2017 <Not Available>. 2019-08-19 <>
Publication Type: Individual Abstract
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The New Haven Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will celebrate its Centennial in 2017. This paper examines the history of the first two decades history of the NAACP chapter in New Haven, CT. The majority of scholarship about the NAACP examines its role fighting segregation in the South. This national narratives excludes the work done in local northern chapters who fought to end segregation in education, housing, and jobs. In addition, they fought to stop police brutality.

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