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Virtual History Happy Hour – Declarations of Inter-Dependence
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.
How did some 18th-century Americans come to see themselves as—in the words of the Declaration of Independence—“one people,” willing to unite in Revolution with others of different regions, religious beliefs, and interests? And what explains the limits of many Euro-Americans’ ability to imagine a common community with enslaved African Americans, Native American allies, or free white men without property? In the years 1766-1776 the “Patriot movement” united in participatory associations that bridged some of the social divisions within their societies. A look at those associations reveals both bases of and limits to patriots’ commitment to “inter-dependence.”
Guest presenter Barbara Clark Smith is a curator of early American social and political history at the National Museum of American History. She has curated and co-curated major exhibitions, including After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800; Jamestown, Quebec, and Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings; and Voices & Votes: Democracy in America, currently on exhibit at Sandy Spring Museum. She has written both popular and scholarly books and essays and has been a frequent speaker at museums, book festivals, and other public history venues.
Program moderator, Cynthia Raposo, serves on the board of Maryland Humanities.
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