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Women of the American Revolution: Lost Voices of America’s First Generation
October 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
“If I haven’t made you laugh then I probably haven’t taught you anything.” Dr. Roger Smith
It was a time when women had few rights and no say in political decisions or other matters of importance. It was a time when it was believed that women didn’t have the emotional or mental capacities for higher learning and insightful thinking (and yet this era was known as the Age of Enlightenment!).
This talk is about some of the most amazing, yet little-known, participants in the American Revolution, gathered from various collections of reports about women from each colony, of all races, free and enslaved. These women dared to resist the “norms” of 18th-century western culture in order to stand for their beliefs and their rights. These are stories of courage and hope from the nation’s first generation that would inspire women throughout the course of American history.
Dr. Roger Smith is a published historian with a Master’s Degree in the field of American History, and a Ph.D. in Early American History and Atlantic World Studies from the University of Florida. Dr. Smith also holds a graduate-level Certificate of Scholarship in the field of Museum Studies. He has been a featured speaker for the Florida Humanities Council for six years. Dr. Smith’s goal is to bring the newest historical research to a general audience through entertaining speaking engagements, publications, stage performances – all while continuing his research into untold stories and history concerning the American Revolution.
“History is like a huge jig-saw puzzle and every time that we find something new we get to place a new piece into the puzzle – and believe me, the American Revolution has a lot of missing pieces.” Dr. Smith likes to remind his audiences, “I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma; I’m not from what folks would consider a traditional Revolutionary War region, so I don’t have a dog in this fight. I just don’t like bad history – when, legend is accepted as fact simply because the newest information and research is so often communicated in a way that the average, history-loving person is bored to tears. Personally, I believe that if I haven’t made you laugh then I probably haven’t taught you anything.”
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