Wayne Duerkes

Teaching Assistant
Office:603 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA

Dissertation Topic: Community and Market Development in the Antebellum Midwestern Hinterlands
Major Professor: Dr. Jeff Bremer
Expected Date of Graduation: May 2019
Area of Research Specialization: 19th-Century U.S.

Conference Presentations:

“Writing the West: Travel Narratives in Antebellum Illinois.” Conference on Illinois History presenter, Springfield, IL—Oct. 6, 2017.

Agricultural History Society Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI—Jun. 10, 2017. Organized the panel “Perception vs. Reality in the Life of Farmers.”

Agricultural History Society Annual Conference, New York, NY—Jun. 24, 2016

“The Local Agricultural Press’ Role in Building the Economy in Northern Illinois, 1841-1842.” Agricultural History Society Annual Conference, New York, NY (June 2016).

“The Illinois and Fox Rivers: The Crossroads of an Economic Struggle, 1833-1852.” Conference on Illinois History, Springfield, IL (September 2014).

“A Prologue to Violence: The 1854 Election Day Riot in St. Louis.” Windy City Graduate Conference, UIC, Chicago, IL (October 2014).

“Market Development in the Lower Fox Valley River Region, 1833-1852.” History Graduate Student Conference, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (November 2013).

Selected Publications
“‘I For One Am Ready To Do My Part’: The Initial Motivations That Inspired Men From Northern Illinois to Enlist in the U. S. Army, 1861-1862,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, vol. 105, no. 4 (2012): 313-32.

This article is included in A Bicentennial Commemorative of the Prairie State: Readings from the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, edited by David W. Scott, 174-88. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2018.

“Boosterism,” in Alexandra Kindell (ed.), World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio), forthcoming September, 2018.

“Travel Literature and Midwestern Identity: The Case of Illinois,” in The Making of the Midwest, edited by Jon Lauck, forthcoming, 2019.