Aug
20

What I’ve Learned This Summer!

How to I begin to summarize all that I’ve learned this summer?   I started my research with the premise of exploring American women’s political influence during the early Federal era, specifically focused on capital cities of the 1790s. Now, I find myself drawn more and more to Rosemarie Zagarri’s expanded definition of ‘politics,’ including…
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Aug
16

Reassessing Republican Motherhood

While I am particularly interested in the lived experience of women in the 1790s, throughout my research I’ve come to value the importance of historiography, theory, and rhetoric. Thus, for the past week, I’ve been looking into theoretical frameworks for assessing the political influence and impact of women in the 1790s. The predominant framework is…
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Aug
11

Material Culture and Museum Visits

As the summer starts to draw to a close (I can’t believe it’s gone so fast!) I’ve been fitting in my last couple of museum visits. They’ve been incredibly useful in allowing me to experience Federal architecture and furnishings in situ; I then take a step back to understand why the owner of the house…
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Aug
06

Material Girls (looking at extant garments in Philadelphia)

I’ve been listening to a lot of 80s music during my drives to museum and archives, so forgive the Madonna reference in the title of this post…

Jul
23

Partying (visiting archives) in NYC!

It’s my second night in NYC, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my ‘partying’ days here, aka spending countless hours in libraries reading eighteenth and nineteenth century documents!