Fire and Federalism in the Age of Jackson

Jane Manners, History

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
LAPA Conference Room, 348 Wallace Hall
Event Category: 
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.

Lunch served: RSVP here

Precis:  "This paper is both a chapter in my dissertation and a law review article in the making. It describes an 1836 congressional debate over disaster relief to the wealthy merchant victims of a large fire in New York City, exploring the political considerations and constitutional logic that led a famously Jacksonian Congress to grant unprecedented relief to the richest residents of the nation’s richest city. In analyzing these debates, I hope to shed light on the development of thinking about public good, private need, and the state’s role in negotiating the tension between the two, as well as the ways in which the factors at play in 1836 continue to shape contemporary debates over state spending in the wake of disaster." 

Jane Manners

Jane Manners is a 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.