Masquerade: Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier

WED, SEP 29, 2004 (1:42:56)

Historian Alfred Young, author of Masquerade, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich examine Americans' public memory of Deborah Sampson and other Revolutionary-era women. Performer and storyteller Joan Gatturna brings Deborah Sampson to life in a dramatic first-person performance.

+ BIO: Alfred F. Young

As a newly minted Ph.D. in 1958, Alfred Young bucked historical conventions, which gave a central place to high politics, political biography, and elite intellectual history. In The Democratic Republicans of New York (1967), Young studied the political movements and aspirations of the "meaner sort" of the Revolutionary era, placing them within a broader class analysis of politics. In its focus on the popular classes, on social conflict, and on the Revolution as the occasion for unleashing popular politics, Young anticipated many of the themes and interpretations that distinguish studies of the Revolution over the next two decades.

Young then embarked on an ambitious study of Boston artisans during the Revolutionary era. In other articles and lectures, Young explored the transmission of English popular rituals and traditions to the colonies and their mobilization during the Revolution, the transformations of artisans consciousness and politics, and the impact of popular politics on the drafting of the Constitution.

+ BIO: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor. She is the author of Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750 (1982) and A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990) which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 and became the basis of a PBS documentary.

In The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth (2001), she has incorporated museum-based research as well as more traditional archival work. Her most recent book is Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007). Her major fields of interest are early American social history, women's history, and material culture.

She came to New England in 1960 with her husband, Gael Urich, who completed an Sc.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT. She completed her own graduate work at the University of New Hampshire while raising her five children. She came to Harvard in 1995 and now lives in Cambridge.

+ BIO: Joan Gatturna

Joan is an actor/storyteller who is selected for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Events and residency Roster of Artists, and the Mass Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. She is the creator and performer of "Petticoat Adventures", dramatic solo performances interpreting the lives of extraordinary American women including Deborah Samson, First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams, seafaring Johanna Burgess, and Rachel Revere.

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