2020 Summer Fellow
Shelby Lohr is a doctoral candidate in history with an interest in books and publishing in nineteenth century America. Her project follows the career of George Bourne, a prolific author best remembered as America's first immediatist abolitionist, but who also published a series of controversial best-selling anti-Catholic works. By the mid-nineteenth century, abolition and anti-Catholicism garnered public momentum, culminating with the Know-Nothing political party. Her CDH project maps Bourne's selection of publishing house and seeks underlying rhetorical themes in Bourne's writing.