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Where is Early America? | 1-3 May 2025

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is pleased to announce a state of the field conference, to be held in May of 2025.

Upcoming Events



“An Affair of So Much Consideration”: The Molasses Act Controversy, 1730-33

Brown Bag Session
Eva Landsberg, Yale University
Apr 17, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office. -- Eva Landsberg is a PhD candidate in History at Yale University. Her dissertation explores the political relationship between…



“Kikrevou”(kì ire aiku): Sickness, Death, and Survival in the Jamaican Smallpox Epidemic of 1768

Friday Seminar
Elise Mitchell, Princeton University
Apr 19, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk/Zoom

Elise A. Mitchell is a historian of the Black Atlantic. She is currently an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Princeton University. She is…



“Is Death Not Preferable to Slavery?”: Resistance and Diaspora in the Circum-Gulf Region, 1729-1769

Brown Bag Session
Leila K. Blackbird, University of Chicago
May 1, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom

Leila K. Blackbird (Louisiana Creole, unenrolled adoptee of Apache-Cherokee descent) is currently the Pozen Human Rights Doctoral Fellow of US & Atlantic History at the University of Chicago. She also serves as the…

About the McNeil Center

Established as the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies in 1978, and renamed in honor of its benefactor Robert L. McNeil, Jr., in 1998, the McNeil Center facilitates scholarly inquiry into the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850, with a particular but by no means exclusive emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region.