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Bosler Welcomes Dr. Catherine Kerrison: Author of Jefferson's Daughters

Bosler Welcomes Dr. Catherine Kerrison: Author of Jefferson's Daughters

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Thomas Jefferson is among the most famous of America's Founding Fathers, but it is easy to forget that he was an actual father to three daughters: Martha and Maria, by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. This talk will explore the different life paths the sisters chose, to see both the possibilities and the limitations for women and people of color as a result of the American Revolution. Their stories help us to understand issues of race and gender in our own day, and to reflect on the personal and political legacy of one of our most fascinating Founders.

Catherine Kerrison holds a Ph.D. in American History from the College of William and Mary and is a Professor of History at Villanova University, where she teaches courses in Colonial and Revolutionary America, American women’s and gender history, the history of sexuality in America, race and gender at Monticello, and historical methodologies. She also serves as the Academic Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program.

Program is free and open to the public, no registration is necessary.

This program is part of Bosler’s Lavery Speaker Series.

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Bosler Welcomes Dr. Catherine Kerrison: Author of Jefferson's Daughters