This week on Grad Chat:
Stephen Smith: History (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Jeffrey McNairn
Research Topic:How do newspapers and voluntary organizations, relate to organizing revolutionary military violence
Overview of research:
My specialization is in voluntary organizing, violence, and the press in the nineteenth-century Lower and Upper Canada-United States borderland. I focus on the volunteer militias, secret societies, and political associations that emerged around the 1837-8 Rebellion in Lower and Upper Canada and the subsequent border troubles.
Similar to other societies, these groups adopted the form and rhetoric of deliberative voluntary associations and acted as a nursery for learning the skills of citizenship. However, unlike other voluntary associations, militaristic violence was central to how these societies pursued their objectives in the public sphere.
The expansion of political violence from ‘mob’ violence—through liberal forms of voluntarism— into new forms of o