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Archives of Revolution: A Conference About How We Make the Past | 20-22 June 2024

As we approach a series of 250th anniversaries, the histories of the American Founding have never been more hotly contested.  In the United States, historians regard 2026 with some trepidation and a lot of determination to educate a wary public about the importance of evidence to the interpretation of the past. 

Upcoming Events



The Molasses Act's Long Shadow: Smuggling in the British Atlantic, 1733-1763

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…



Hemispheric Negotiations: the USA Recognition of Brazilian Independence

Brown Bag Session
Edú Levati, Universidade de São Paulo
May 1, 2024 at - | Location: ZOOM ONLY

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office. -- Edú Levati is a four-year PhD candidate in history at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, specializing in US-Brazil relations…

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.