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Call for Submissions: SHEAR Dissertation Prize

The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic invites submissions for the SHEAR Dissertation Prize. The Prize will be awarded to an exceptional dissertation pertaining to the history of North America from 1776 to 1861. Within that period, the dissertation may treat virtually any aspect of history, including political, social, or cultural history.


Re: "Coloured" Doctress in 1818 Boston?

Thanks to Sharla, Jennifer, and Jonathan for your input. Clearly, my concept of "doctress" was too restrictive; I'll need to think of Rose Lyons' practice both more generally (beyond midwifery and household nursing) and more particularly (the special knowledge gained from Native practices, African and slave treatments, particular knowledge of widows/relatives of heroic practitioners, and the practices of an emerging female medical profession).