Boston Area Early American History Seminar 2017-2018

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The first session of the Early American History Seminar will take place October 3 at the Massachusetts Historical Society, when Paul Finkelman will present on John Marshall, Slaveowner and Jurist, with comment by R. Kent Newmyer. This year’s seminar sessions pose questions that in new forms are still being asked today. What conditions of the 17th and 18th centuries promoted colonization, anarchy, charges of sedition, and political violence? What constituted physical disability in colonial America? In the spring, a joint session with the Boston Environmental History Seminar will consider the role of environmental history in scholarship on Early America. Join us to consider rich, compelling scholarship and take part in vibrant discussions that will advance the field and your own work.

More than two dozen Massachusetts Historical Society Research Department seminars have been scheduled for 2017-2018, offered in five series: the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Modern American Society & Culture Seminar, the New England Biography Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, presented in conjunction with the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Most programs will be held at the MHS, 1154 Boylston Street in Boston, and consider a pre-circulated paper. Discussion is followed by a light supper. The programs are free and open to the public, but those who subscribe to a series receive advance access to the papers that will be discussed. Visit for information, and RSVP to or call 617-646-0579. Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research!