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Dane A. Morrison
176 Grant Road Department of History

Newmarket, NH 03857 Salem State College

(603) 292-6659 Salem, MA 01970

(978) 604-1066 dane.morrison@salemstate.edu (978) 542–7134



Education
Ph.D. Tufts University 1983

Concentration in Early American History

Dissertation: “‘A Praying People’: The Transition from Remnant to Convert Among the Praying

Indians of Massachusetts Bay Colony.” This study explored the acculturation efforts of the

Massachusett tribe as a context for the development of relationships between Puritan colonists

and Native Americans.

Readers: Douglas Lamar Jones, Jasper Rosenmeier, and Reed Ueda.

M.B.A. Carroll Graduate School of Management, Boston College 1989

M.A. Salem State College

Concentration in Early American History 1975



B.A. Boston College 1971

Major: History; Minor: Sociology


Academic Experience
Salem State College 1993–present

• Professor of Early American History

• Chair, Department of History, 1999–2002

• Coordinator, American Studies Program, 2004-2007

• Undergraduate courses: American Business History; American Colonial History; American Revolution;

American Economic History; Historiography; Native American History; American Maritime History;

Seminar: Research and Writing in History; U.S. History; World History.

• Graduate courses: American Colonial History; American Revolution; American Economic History;

Historiography; American Maritime History; Seminar: Seaports in Early America; Seminar: Travel and

Travelogues in Early America (Spring 2008)

• Topics courses graduate and undergraduate:

Topics in American History: The Washington and Adams Administrations

• Institutes in Local History:

The Worlds of the Friendship; The Worlds of Nathaniel Bowditch; The China Trade; The Opium Wars;

The Faces of Essex County; Samuel McIntire’s Salem; Salem in the Age of Revolutions

• Institutes in American Studies:

Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory; Everyday Life in Early America (Strawbery Banke Museum

Tufts University

• Visiting Lecturer in History 1983–present

• Courses: American Business History; American Legal History; American Maritime History;

American Revolution; Antebellum America; 19th Century America; 20th Century America;

Western Civilization

• Lecturer and Course Designer in World History, 1982–83

• Teaching Fellow, Intercultural Center, 1979

Boston University 1984–1989

• Assistant Professor of Social Science

• Boston Scholars Program, 1985

• Courses: Social Science I & II; Modernization of the Western World



Related Education/Experience
Editorial Board 2004–present

ABC-Clio Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of World History, North American Specialist



American Philosophical Society 2006-2007

• Fellowship application reviewer



American Antiquarian Society 2007

• Summer Seminar in the History of the Book in American Culture, “Re-Reading the Early Republic:

From Crèvecoeur to Cooper,” led by Wayne Franklin, American Antiquarian Society

Web Site 2005

• www.witchcity.edu; www.whichcity.org

• Supports the text and course, Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory

N. E. H. Summer Institute

• "Maritime History and Culture," led by Beenjamin Labaree, Edward Sloan, John Hatteendorf, and 1996

William Fowler, Mystic Seaport Museum

Massachusetts Teaching Certification 1975

• Secondary Social Studies, Salem State College



Academic Publications
Books

Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 6: The First Global Age. Editor. San Francisco: ABC-CLIO. Forthcoming

Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory. Dane A. Morrison and Nancy L. Schultz, eds. 2004

Boston: Northeastern University Press; Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.

Reviewed in Choice, 2004; Journal of American History, 2005.

Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History, 2005.

American Indian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Contemporary Issues. Editor. 1997

New York: Peter Lang. Paperback, 1998.

Reviewed in American Indian Quarterly, Winter 1999; Enthologie Heute, 1998; The Sextent, 1998.

A Praying People: Massachusett Acculturation and the Failure of the Puritan Mission, 1995



1600–1690. American Indian Studies Series. Vol. II. New York: Peter Lang. Paperback, 1998.

Reviewed in Choice, February 1996; The William and Mary Quarterly, July 1996; Missiology,

January 1997; Religious Studies Review, July 1998.
Articles, Chapters, Essays

• “The Praying Indians”; “Metacomet’s War.”

In Encyclopedia of World History, Vol. 6: The First Global Age. San Francisco: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.

• “Alexander Hamilton”; “Francis Cabot Lowell”; “Samuel Slater.”

In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution. Thomas Heinrich, ed. New York: M.E. Sharpe, forthcoming.

• “The Praying Indians: A Strategy of Acculturation.”

In New Ethnic American Literature and Arts: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, forthcoming.

• “American Expatriates in Canton: National Identity and the Maritime Experience Abroad, 1784–1850.”



Race, Ethnicity, and Power in Maritime America. Glenn S. Gordinier., ed. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport, 2005.

• “The Praying Indians.”

In Encyclopedia of New England Culture. Bert Feinrich and David Watters, eds. New Haven, CT:

Yale University Press, 2004.

• "Salem as Citizen of the World." I

In Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory. Dane A. Morrison and Nancy L. Schultz, eds. Boston: Northeastern

University Press, 2004.

• "Salem Enshrined: Myth, Memory and the Power of Place." (With Nancy Lusignan Schultz) In Dane A. Morrison and Nancy L. Schultz, eds. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.

• “Elias Hasket Derby”; “Patrick Tracy Jackson.”

In American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

• “In Whose Hands is the Telling of the Tale?” in American Indian Studies:

In An Interdisciplinary Approach to Contemporary Issues. Dane Morrison, ed. New York: Peter Lang, 1997.

• “Stepping into ‘a New Canoe’: What Organization Theory Reveals about the Massachusett.”

In Celebration of Indigenous Thought and Expression. Susan M. Schacher, ed. Sault Ste. Marie, MI:

Lake Superior State University Press, 1996: 91–105.

• “‘Stripped as Bare as My Skin’: Disease, Acculturation, and the Massachusett Search for Order, 1600–1690."

In The Sextant, VI, no.1 (1995).

• "Stepping Up to the Plate: Assigning Student Journals in History Classes."

In Cross Currents: Writing Across the Curriculum, 3 (January 1998): 20–23.


Book Reviews

• Review of Gary, John Ledyard: American Maritime Culture in the Age of



Revolution. The New England Quarterly, forthcoming.

• Review of Paul Gilje, Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of



Revolution. The Mariner’s Mirror 92, no. 3 (August 2006).

• Review of Kathryn Grover, The Brickyard: The Life, Death, and Legend of an Urban Neighborhood

for American Association for State and Local History (2004)

• Review of Ralph Bauer, The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures:



Empire, Travel, Modernity. Renaissance Quarterly 57, no. 4 (Winter 2004).

• Review of William S. Simmons, Spirit of the New England Tribes and Paul Brodeur,



Restitution. The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (January 1987).

• Review of William S. and Cheryl L. Simmons (eds.), Old Light on Separate Ways. The New



England Historic Genealogical Bulletin (January 1986).
Work in Progress
• “True Yankees”: Maritime Discovery and National Identity in the Early Republic

My current manuscript project explores American participation in the East Indies trade following the War for Independence, and examines, particularly, representations of that experience in the public sphere contributed to the construction of an American national identity. In describing a cultural history of global commerce in the early republic, I focus on the American merchants and mariners who made “voyages of commerce and discovery” to the East in the years immediately following the Revolution. My contention is that these commercial adventures contributed significantly to both the recovery of a distressed American economy and to the construction of a national identity that transcended (although it did not replace) regional loyalties. The character constructed by overseas merchants and business agents in representing their experiences among the peoples of the East was that of the ‘true Yankee’—a composite national figure, part cosmopolitan citizen of the world, part refined man of science and exploration, part practical exemplar of enterprise, and part model of republican virtue, who reconciled many of the significant strains of the age.


Conference Papers
• “Constructing Bits of Old China: Reading the Expatriate Worlds of Samuel Shaw and William C. Hunter,”

invited paper, World History Association Conference, Long Beach, California, June 2006

• “Taming the Eastern Frontier: The Domesticating Power of Small Things in Early American Expatriate

Communities,” session organizer, Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University

of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, October 2005

• Book Discussion: Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory, presented with co-editor Dr. Nancy Schultz,

invited speakers, American Association of State and Local History and National Council Public

History, Pittsburgh, September 2005

• “The American Civil War in Global Perspective,” Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies,

Boston, 2005

• “Conflating the Pacific: Captain Edmund Fanning’s Construction of Peoples and Oceans in Voyages Round

the World (1833),” Fifth Joint Meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, Canadian Society

for the History and Philosophy of Science, and History of Science Society, King’s College, Dalhousie

University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004

• “‘It Seems Like My Native Land”: Constructing the World as a Salem Community,”

presenter/session organizer, New England American Studies Association/World History Association

Conference, Peabody Essex Museum and Salem State College, 2004

• “‘I am General Washington’: Authority, Character, and Legitimacy Abroad, 1784–1835,”

New England Historical Association Conference, College of the Holy Cross, 2003

• “The China Trade: Needs and Opportunities,”

Keynote Speaker, International Symposium on the China Trade, Salem, MA, 2002

• “American Expatriate Communities in China: National Identity and the Maritime Experience Abroad,

1784–1850,”

Conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Power in Maritime America, Mystic, CT, 2000

• “‘Green Yankees’: Eastern Voyages and the Shaping of National Character, 1784–1835,”

World Marine Millennial Conference, Peabody Essex Museum, 2000

• “‘How T'other Side Looked': Representations of the ‘Other’ in the Maritime Literature of the Early Republic,”

presenter/session organizer, New England American Studies Association Conference, 1998

• “Betsey and the Pirates: Maritime Discovery and Nationalist Literature in the Early Republic,”

presenter/session organizer, New England Historical Association Conference, 1998

• “Eastward of Good Hope: Americans’ Discovery of Exotic Places,”

North American Society for Oceanic History Conference, 1998

• “Sheep's Wool on Their Heads: The Merchant's Search for Demand in Early America,”

presenter/session chair, New England Popular Culture Association Conference, 1995

• “‘A Lost People’: Maritime Culture and the Decline of the Massachusett,”

New England American Studies/Mystic Seaport Conference, 1995

• “‘Thoughtless and Depraved’: Cultural and Economic Roots of the Convent Riot of 1834,”

presenter/session organizer, American Studies Association, Boston, 1993

• “Can Systems Theory Explain Native American Acculturation? The Case of the Massachusett, 1600–1690,”

Native American Studies Conference, Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 1993

• “Innovation and Organization at Draper Corporation, 1890–1967,”

invited paper, with William Mass, American Economic History Conference, U. of Colorado, Boulder, 1991

• “Trajectories of Technological Dynamism: Inventors and Innovation at the Draper Corporation,”

invited paper, with William Mass, Textile History Conference, 1990

• “‘The Defining Moment’: A Positive Side to Televised Political Advertising,”

American Culture Association Conference, University of Toronto, 1990

• “The Development and Alleviation of Stress in Interdisciplinary Teaching,”

invited paper, with Sally Somers-Smith, American Psychological Association Conference, New York, 1987

• “Rituals of Acculturation in a Seventeenth Century Praying Indian Town,” Northeast Archaeological

Association Conference, 1983

• “Algonkian Acculturation Through Puritan Law: Dedham, Massachusetts v. Natick's Praying Indians,”

American Society for Ethnohistory Conference, Millersville State College, PA, 1982
Workshops, Public Lectures, Session Chair
• “Architects of Resistance: From the Portsmouth Alarm to Leslie’s Retreat to Lexington and Concord”

Lexington Minutemen, Lexington, Ma, September 2007

• “True Yankees”: Americans ‘Discovery’ of the East”

American Experience Lecture Series, University of Connecticut, Avery Point, September 2007

• “Architects of Resistance: The Forgotten Heroes of Leslie’s Retreat”

With Kimberly Alexander, Salem Athenaeum, January 2007

• “Washington’s Islands: The Society of the Cincinnati and the China Trade”

Keynote speaker, Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, Boston, January 2006

• “Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory

With Nancy L. Schultz, Cornerstone Books, Salem, March 2006

• “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America”

Panelist, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, March 2006

• “Voyages of Commerce and Discovery: American's First Encounters with Asia"

Asian Studies Program/Asian Student Association, Salem State College, 2005

• “New England Economic History: Adaptation, Flexibility, Education”

Keynote speaker, International Society of Business Education Conference, Suffolk University, 2005

• “Salem in the Age of Sail”

Peabody Essex Museum, 2002

• “Nathaniel Bowditch: The Art & Science of Navigation”

Conference co-chair/session chair, Nathaniel Bowditch Conference, Salem State College, 2002

• “Citizens of the World”

Keynote speaker, The Marine Society at Salem, 2002

• “Nathaniel Bowditch”

Salem Athenaeum, 2002

• “Constructing Local Space in New England”

Session chair, New England American Studies Association, University of New Hampshire, Manchester, 2001

• “Teaching Nathaniel Bowditch”

With Emerson Baker, The House of the Seven Gables, 2001

• “Ship Studies”

Session chair/commentator, World Marine Millennial Conference, Peabody Essex Museum, 2000

• “Early New England Ethnicity”

Session chair, New England American Studies Association, University of Southern Maine, 2000

• “Writing the World: Strategies for Incorporating Writing into World History Courses”

Department of History World History Workshop, Salem State College, 1998

• “Editing American Indian Studies: The Challenges of Identity and Authorship”

Massachusetts State Colleges’ Graduate Symposium, Salem State College, 1998

• “New Directions in the New Social History: A Panel”

Session organizer/chair, Massachusetts State Colleges’ Graduate Symposium, 1998

• “Eastward of Good Hope: Americans’ Discovery of Exotic Lands”

History Department Faculty Lecture Series, Salem State College, 1998

• “The Imagery of Ethnic Protest”

American Studies Faculty Discussion Group, University of New Hampshire, 1997

• “Place and Identity”

Session chair, New England American Studies Conference, 1996

• “Colonial Roots of the Ursuline Convent Riot of 1834”

Graduate School Research Seminar, Salem State College, 1994


Selected Awards, Grants, and Honors
• Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Leslie’s Retreat: The Road to Revolution, 2006

• Award of Merit, American Association of State and Local History, for Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory,

Dane A. Morrison and Nancy L. Schultz (eds.), (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004), 2005.

• Publications Award, for Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory, Dane A. Morrison and Nancy L.

Schultz (eds.), (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.), 2005

• Essex National Heritage Commission Partnership Grant in Community Heritage Education

for Salem 1630: Exploring Themes in Early Settlement and Maritime History, 2004

• Colonial Society of Massachusetts

• George Washington Distinguished Professor, Society of the Cincinnati, Massachusetts, 2003-2008

• N. E. H. Summer Institute. "Maritime History and Culture." Mystic, CT (1996)



• Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Grant: participant (1993)




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