David Library News

From February to June of 2017, the Library presented an ambitious series of ten lectures by former David Library Fellows. The varied topics presented in this series is a good indication of the depth and breadth of what the David Library collections have to offer scholars, students and anyone who is curious to learn more about America’s founding era.

Holger Hoock

The series launched with a Black History Month lecture by Ruma Chopra, Ph. D., Professor of History at San Jose State University in California.  She lectured on the societies of fugitive slaves, known as “Maroons,” that formed in wilderness areas of the Americas.  Robert G. Parkinson, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of History at Binghamton University and author of The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution, lectured on how the Early American public was persuaded to support the Revolution.

Patrick K. Spero, Ph. D., Librarian of American Philosophical Society and author of In Frontier Country, lectured about the the transformation of Pennsylvania from peaceful colony to frontier country, and Carl Robert Keyes, Ph. D., Associate Professor of History and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Assumption College, told a story he discovered through researching Early Republic newspaper advertisements about a merchant who used patriotism and partisanship to sell reproductions of portraits of Thomas Jefferson. 

Judith L. Van Buskirk

Rebecca Brannon, Ph. D., author of From Revolution to Reunion: The Reintegration of the South Carolina Loyalists, traveled from Virginia where she is Associate Professor of History at James Madison University to speak about the reconciliation between Loyalists and Patriots in post-Revolutionary South Carolina.  Although Brett Goodin, Ph. D., is Australian, he only traveled to the David Library from Washington DC where he was the Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution to give a lecture about American sailors held ransom in the Barbary States of Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli and Morocco between 1785 and 1815.   

Glenn F. Williams, Ph. D., of the United States Army Center of Military History lectured on Lord

Carl Robert Keyes

Dunmore, and Zara Anishanslin, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware explained what silk production and consumption in 18th Century America and Great Britain tells us about the unraveling of “Empire.”

In June, Holger Hoock, Ph. D. of the University of Pittsburgh and author of Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth, spoke about why the extremely violent nature of the American is relegated to the margins of historical memory; and Judith L. Van Buskirk, Ph. D., brought to life the stories of African Americans who fought in the Revolution, subjects of her new book, Standing In Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution.

This will just give you some idea of the kinds of educational programs offered by the David Library of the American Revolution! 

Please join us when lectures start up again in the fall!

Brett Goodin

Lecturer Glenn F. Williams presented one of his books to the library of the Museum of the American Revolution.  Here it is being accepted by R. Scott Stephenson (also a former David Library Fellow!), Vice President of Collections, and Michael C. Quinn, the Museum’s President and CEO.