The SUNY Plattsburgh chapter of the history honors society Phi Alpha Theta is proud to present the proceedings of the 2016 Phi Alpha Theta Upper New York Regional Conference. Hosted by the SUNY Plattsburgh Phi Alpha Theta chapter and held on the Plattsburgh campus on April 30, 2016, undergraduates from Castleton University, Hartwick College, Keene State College, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Plattsburgh, Saint Anselm College, and United States Military Academy West Point presented their original research. Based on primary source analysis and engagement with the relevant historiography, their papers covered a range of fascinating historical topics. All demonstrated the intellectual curiosity and academic professionalism that distinguishes members of Phi Alpha Theta. We offer our sincere thanks to all the presenters, panel moderators and commentators, chapter advisors, participants, and supporters.

Jessamyn Neuhaus, SUNY Plattsburgh Phi Alpha Theta Co-Faculty Advisor
Connie Shemo, SUNY Plattsburgh Phi Alpha Theta Co-Faculty Advisor
Mikayla Ploof, SUNY Plattsburgh Phi Alpha Theta President

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Submissions from 2016

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“The white inhabitants wished relief from the horrors of continual alarms...”: The British Empire, Planter Politics, and the Agency of Jamaican Slaves and Maroons, Alex Adams

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"A new Champion in the Ranks of Freedom": Vermont's Whigs React to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Amanda Begin

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A Young Republic Under Attack: Political and Social Reactions of Rutland County, Vermont, Jeff Bruce

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Abolishing Liquor, Advancing Society: The Women's Christian Temperance Union in the United States, James Carroll

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Survival of the Lucky: Foundling Children in the Ospedale degli Innocenti, Laura Cernik

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The Unknown History of New York City's Chinatown: A Story of Crime During the Years of American Prohibition, Kathryn Christensen

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Ideologically Driven Loyalists: The Values that Defined Loyal Colonists in the American Revolution, Cassandra Cloutier

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Gloriana's First Scandal: The Thomas Seymour Incident, Anna Doren

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Eugenics and Xenophobic Sentiments during the Prohibition Era, Robert Sanchez Estrella

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Death is the Beginning of Infamy: Robespierre and a Legacy of Misconceptions, Estrella Irizarry

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The Role of Propaganda in Destabilizing the Directory and Securing Napoleon's Power, James Lavelle

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The House Always Wins (Except When It Doesn’t): Billy Wilkerson, Bugsy Siegel, and the Elusive Dream of Las Vegas, Brianna MacMahon

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Seen, But Now Heard: How Increased LGBT Visibility Contributed to Cultural Acceptance of Gay Marriage, Abigail Milone

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A Strange Liberation: Women and Male Continence in the Oneida Community, Andrea Monteleone

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Economic, Strategic, and Rhetorical: Justifications for U. S. Hegemony in Cuba, Ben Reagan

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Religious Resistance: Imperialism and the Militarization of the Cao Dai, 1924-1954, Joy Schaeffer

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Women in Combat – A Historical Perspective, Samir Streatfield

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Out of the Lager and Into the Gulag: Romanian Foreign Relations Before and After King Michael's Coup, Kristen Van Uden