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WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Apr 03, 2017 02:00AM
It was a time when women had few rights and no say in political decisions or other matters of importance. It was a time when it was believed that women didn’t have the emotional or mental capacities for higher learning and insightful thinking (and yet this era was known as the Age of Enlightenment!). This talk, by Dr. Roger Smith is about some of the most amazing, yet little-known, participants in the American Revolution, gathered from various collections of reports about women from each colony, of all races, free and enslaved. These women dared to resist the “norms” of 18th-century western culture in order to stand for their beliefs and their rights. These are stories of courage and hope from the nation’s first generation that would inspire women throughout the course of American history, presented at Amelia Island Museum of History on April 21 at 6 p.m.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s Degree in History in 2006, a Master’s Degree in American History in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Early American History and Atlantic World Studies, with a certificate of scholarship in Museum Studies, in 2011 – all from the University of Florida. His work on the American Revolution in the South has received the Aschoff Fellowship Dissertation Award and the Jack and Celia Proctor Award in Southern History. Dr. Smith’s upcoming book, The Last Union Jack, discusses the little-told story of British intention and military activity in the southern colonies from 1775 – 1780, as recorded from a British perspective. Seating is first-come/first-served, no reservations necessary. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or [email protected]. Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 S. 3rd St.