Join us this February for our 2024 Winter Lecture Series: Fighting for Freedom. The Winter Lecture Series will take place at First Baptist Church (61 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401). We will also be live streaming these lectures- stay tuned for more details on live streaming!
February 20th- “Remember Me, That I Am Not Forgotten:” Army Women, the Revolutionary War, and American Memory” presented by Riley Sutherland, Ph. D. Candidate at Harvard University
Riley Sutherland is a Ph.D. student at Harvard University. She earned her B.A. in History, American Studies, and Memory (2022) and her M.A. in U.S. History (2023) from the University of South Carolina. She is interested in women’s history, archives, memory, and state-building.
Her undergraduate research recenters Continental Army women as essential workers and labor agitators. It considers how women used social networks to support and subvert military order, how they leveraged these networks (and the pension application process) to shape local memory of the war, and how early nineteenth-century literature changed women’s place in historical memory. Sutherland is currently studying how Revolutionary War widows displayed family archives as partisan tools to claim pensions. She is especially interested in the ways widow pension applicants excited broader nineteenth-century debates over tariffs, federal fiscal apparatuses, and executive powers.
Sutherland is also interested in public history and currently works with the Salus Populi Pension Project, a digital editing and community history project that aims to transcribe, contextualize, and visualize Missouri United States Colored Troops (USCT) pension files.
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Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: First Baptist Church (61 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401) and Livestreaming