Public Program- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Lectures and Performances
Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 7:30pm

Remember the Ladies: A New Reading of Abigail Adams's Famous Letter
by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
This lecture is drawn in part from Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's forthcoming book, Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History, which suggests some of the ways the recent renaissance in women's history has forced a re-examination of familiar topics. It examines the famous letter in which Abigail Adams urged her husband to "remember the ladies" in the light of new scholarship on the relationship between family values and political revolution. In their exchange, Abigail and John showed how sentimental ideas about male/female relations might help contain the social ferment unleashed by revolution.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University where she teaches in the History Department. 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. Her 2001 book The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of An American Myth used ordinary household artifacts as a way of connecting seemingly unrelated strands of early New England history and the lives of white women and their indigenous neighbors.

This special Women's History Month program is part of the Keepers of the Republic Teaching American History project with the Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton public schools. It is open and free to all K-12 educators; however, advance registration is required.

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