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    Reflections on Gender in Early America

    The lecture was based on four books she published between 1980 and 2011: Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800 (1980), Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society (1996), In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 (2002), and Separated by Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World (2011).

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    Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren

    They were two of the most significant women in Revolutionary War America.

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    Occupied Cities During the American Revolution

    They examined British and American occupation and also discussed how this affected women and families.

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    The Women's Memorial, Part 1

    Retired Lieutenant Colonel Marilla Cushman led a tour of the Women's Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, covering women who served in the Revolutionary War through World War II.

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    U.S. Army Women's Museum Reopening Ceremony

    Army Women's Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia.  Visitors there find the stories of women who have served their country since the Revolutionary War, an extensive collection of archives and artifacts, and interactive exhibits.

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    Women and the Founding Era

    George Mason University Professor Rosemarie Zagarri looked at the role of women during America's founding era. She talked about how prior to the Revolution women had either no or very limited political and legal rights. She argued that because Patriot leaders needed a wide base of support for the Revolution, they actively recruited women to participate, giving women experience participating in politics and providing a basis for demanding more rights in the future.

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    Center for American War Letters

    Lauren Menges and Rand Boyd gave a tour of Chapman University's Center for American War Letters and showed some of the letters written by service men and women from several American conflicts. The collection includes letters from the Revolutionary war through the war in Afghanistan.

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    Discussion on Women and Power

    Panel Discussion on Women and Power

    Panelists talked about powerful American women such as Catherine Beecher, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Shirley Chisholm, and Angela Davis. Participants included Cindy Lobel, author of Catharine Beecher: The Paradoxes of Gender in the Nineteenth Century, Lara Vapnek, author of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: Modern American Revolutionary, Barbara Winslow, author of Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change and Robyn Spencer, author of Angela Davis: Radical Icon.

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    Revolutionary Women

    The panelists said that all three women contributed to the intellectual life of the American Revolution.

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    Defiant Brides

    Nancy Rubin Stuart talked about her book, Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married, in which she recounts the lives of Peggy Shippen and Lucy Flucker.

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    Radio: American History TV: Women in the Revolutionary War

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    The Price of Liberty

    A short film titled, The Price of Liberty extolled the value of the contributions of women to America's Armed Forces. Footage was shown of women in service throughout America's wars, including re-enactments of the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

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    Women and the Founding of America

    While the Founding Fathers often get all of the credit for the creation of America - without the encouragement and work of many women things may have ended up differently. Next, George Mason University History Professor Rosemarie Zagarri examines the important role that women played in generating support for the revolutionary war and how their involvement helped pave the way for a greater political identity for women within the new nation.

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    Reproduction in Colonial America

    Susan Klepp talked about her book, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility and Family Limitation in America (The University of North Carolina Press, 2009). While Colonial American women were unable to own property, they were able to exert influence over family affairs. Women in this era began to redefine the role of "motherhood," particularly on the issue of family planning.

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    Following the Drum

    Loane talked about her book, Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment. In a book based on a decade of research, she describes some of the women who lived in the encampment with the Continental Army at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the winter of 1777-78, the circumstances that brought them there, and their role in the camp.

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    Religion Panel

    The authors were: Malaika Adero (moderator), Up South: Stories, Studies, and Letters of This Century's African American Migrations, (The New Press); Obery Hendricks, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted (Doubleday); and Marta Moreno Vega, The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria.

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    Partisans and Redcoats

    Professor Edgar believes that the Revolutionary War was a Civil War as well. ... In addition to recounting famous battles and key historical figures, Professor Edgar related the efforts of women, children, disabled and minority patriots during the British occupation.

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    Revolutionary Heart

    Diane Eickhoff talked about her book, Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights, published by Quindaro Press.

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    Iranian Culture and Society

    Then a panel of four Iranian women who contributed to the book, moderated by Ms. ... Hakakian is the author of Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran.

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    Founding Mothers

    Roberts spoke about her book, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised the Nation, published by William Morrow Books. She discussed women of the Revolutionary generation, their roles in the Revolutionary War, the writing of the Constitution, and the politics of our early republic.

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