Jane Manners, History

The Great New York Fire of 1835 and its Role in the Evolution of America’s Antebellum Political Economy

Date: 
Wed, 04/06/2016
Location: 
438 Robertson Hall
Audience: 
Graduate Students

LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

Abstract:  The talk will explore Congress’s changing attitude to the remission of import duties in the wake of natural disaster, the role of one particular disaster (the New York Fire of 1835) in crystallizing those changes, and what those changes reveal about evolving understandings of the appropriate incidence of federal taxation in antebellum America. 

Jane Manners is a fifth year PhD student in Princeton’s history department. She is writing her dissertation on the legal and political aftermath of the Great New York Fire of 1835. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Jane received an AB and a JD from Harvard, clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf (D-Mass), and worked as a grade school teacher, a journalist, a philanthropic grant maker, and a presidential campaign staffer. 

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