Monday, April 27, 2015

Talks about Hamilton, Bucks slave in free lecture series

David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing to host five talks in winter-spring series.

Talks about Hamilton, Bucks slave in free lecture series

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Rutgers–Camden history professor Andrew Shankman will talk about Alexander Hamilton on Feb. 13.

Alexander Hamilton and the life of a Bucks County slave will be two of the subjects of the winter-spring lecture series at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing.

“The Hamiltonian Moment and the Specter of Democracy,” a talk by Rutgers–Camden history professor Andrew Shankman, will kick off the series of five free lectures at 3 p.m. Feb. 12. Shankman will discuss Hamilton’s role in the shaping of American government in the 1790s and his ultimate defeat by the “terrifying specter of democracy.”

The other lectures are:

“A Family in Fragments: The Life and Times of Alice, a Bucks County Slave.” Temple professor Susan Klepp will tell the story of Alice, a slave who ran Dunk’s Ferry on the Delaware River just south of Bristol. March 4, 3 p.m.

“Manners and the Making of the American Revolution: Dr. Hamilton’s Itinerarium.” Penn professor emeritus Michael W. Zuckerman will examine Hamilton’s travels and cultural shifts leading up to the Revolution. March 22, 7:30 p.m.

“Anti-Popery and the Fall of Royal America.” Boston University history professor  Brendan J. McConville’s talk about anti-Catholicism  will draw on research for his book, The American Revolution. April 25, 7:30 p.m.

“Blasted: Pontiac’s War and the Collapse of the Indian Play-Off System.”  George Washington University history professor David Silverman will demonstrate how muskets and rifles changed the Native American society and culture. April 29, 3 p.m.

The lectures will be in the Feinstone Conference Center, next to the library at 1201 River Rd. To make reservations, call (215) 493-2233 ext. 100.




About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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