Amanda Glenz

Mentor: Dr. Sheryl Kroen
 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 
"I got involved in research because it was something that I have always wanted to do and pictured myself doing in college, especially considering my love for reading, writing and history. In one of my history classes, I found a topic that I was passionate about and wanted to learn more about. By pursuing that topic, I have discovered numerous opportunities to further my education and research experiences."

Major

History and Political Science

Minor

Spanish

Research Interests

  • Caribbean History

Academic Awards

  • Bright Futures - Florida Academic Scholar
  • GEICO Family Scholars
  • Daniel J. Koleos Scholarship

Organizations

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Gators for UNICEF

Volunteer

  • American Cancer Society
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Project Makeover

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Tennis
  • Violin (music in general)
  • Writing

Research Description

The Trials of Colonel Picton and their Effects on the Abolition Movement in Britain
In 1815, Colonel Thomas Picton became the highest ranking British officer to die at the Battle of Waterloo. A statue was erected in honor of his bravery and service in St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Yet only a few years earlier, from 1806-1808, he had been involved in a celebrated and scandalous trial for having tortured a young, free Mulatto woman by the name of Louisa Calderon. Even before the trial against Louisa Calderon, Colonel Picton, as the first British governor of Trinidad, was the principal figure behind the torture, mutilation and execution (without legal trial) of numerous men from his regiment, free Afro-Caribbeans and Mulattoes, and slaves. These executions were not cause for public disarray in London, but the one case of Louisa Calderon became a cause celebré for the abolition movement. My research is focused on the questions of why Louisa Calderon's case became so celebrated in England, while the executions were so easily forgotten, and how did Louisa Calderon's case gain so much attention only to be forgotten less than eight years later?