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    Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

    A Finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction

    From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve. Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind. Making use of an amazing cache of little- studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one woman but an entire world—a world usually lost to history. Lepore’s life of Jane Franklin, with its strikingly original vantage on her remarkable brother, is at once a wholly different account of the founding of the United States and one of the great untold stories of American history and letters: a life unknown.


    This site contains two kinds of data about the City of New York in the 1730s and 1740s. I compiled this data between 2001 and 2004 for my research into an alleged slave rebellion in New York in 1741; it is described in detail in Appendix A of my book, NEW YORK BURNING: LIBERTY, SLAVERY AND CONSPIRACY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MANHATTAN (New York: Knopf, 2005). Demographic data, including censuses and tax lists, along with the entire text of the legal proceedings held in the New York Supreme Court and printed by Justice Daniel... Read more about Data






    Allison, Christopher. “Protestant Relics: The Sacred Body in Early America.” American Studies. 2017.

    Bell, Richard. "Do Not Despair: The Cultural Significance of Suicide in America, 1780-1840," History. 2006.

    Carter, Sarah.  "Object Lessons in American Culture," History of American Civilization. 2010.

    Cevasco, Carla. “Feast, Fast, and Flesh: Hunger and Violence in New England, 1688-1748," American Studies. 2017.

    Chiriguayo, William. "The Almighty Dollar: American Currency in the Age of Empire." History. In progress.


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    Everything is History | History is Everything, at Emerson 105, Harvard University, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Introducing an evening of lectures by members of the History Department: Niall Ferguson, Maya Jasanoff, Mark Kishlansky, James Kloppenberg, Ian Miller, Kelly O'Neill, Emma Rothschild, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.