McNeil Center News
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.
Derek Litvak, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
“110 Noirs Plus ou Moins Librement Engagés”: the Appropriation of Freedom and the Legacies of the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Brown Bag Session
Kathryn Angelica, University of Connecticut
“She says she will leave him… but will go first to his father”: Private Resolutions to Marital Dysfunction
Lindsay Keiter, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
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.