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

Venus or Louisa or Mimah or Rose: Marronage and Lurking as Relation

Friday Seminar
SJ Zhang, University of Chicago
Oct 6, 2023 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk/Zoom

SJ Zhang is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Professor Zhang’s current project, Going Maroon and Other Forms of Family, considers how reproduction and carceral forces shaped the decisions…

On the Margins: Black Women Food Sellers in the Antebellum North

Brown Bag Session
Carolyn Zola, Stanford University
Oct 11, 2023 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office.  -- Carolyn Zola is a PhD candidate in History at Stanford University where she studies gender, race, and labor in eighteenth- and…

New Legal Histories of the American Revolution

Martha S. Jones, The Johns Hopkins University
Oct 19, 2023 - Oct 21, 2023 at - | Carpenter's Hall/University of Pennsylvania

New Legal Histories of the American Revolution October 19-21, 2023 Co-sponsored by Penn Carey Law and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies In 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of…

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.