CUNY Professor Carol Berkin’s “Women in the American Revolution” Available as a Self-Paced Course

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is now offering three new Self-Paced Courses with distinguished professors Carol Berkin, Lucas Morel, and Michael Neiberg, perfect for summer professional development and general interest. Each course, composed of twelve lectures, was originally presented as part of the Pace–Gilder Lehrman MA in American History Program.


with Professor Carol Berkin

Professor Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNYCUNY professor Carol Berkin, a leading authority on the role of women in the colonial and Revolutionary eras, offers a complex and multifaceted course about the foundations of gender equality developed during the crisis of war. Among the topics covered are General’s Wives; Camp Followers; Loyalist Women; Spies, Saboteurs, Messengers, and Soldiers; and American Indian Women and the War. Jennifer L. Morgan, professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University, delivers a special lecture on African American Women and the War.

Mrs. Alexander Hamilton by Ralph Earl, 1787. (Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York) Poster available at the History Shop!The notable historical figures covered include Esther Reed, Catherine Schuyler, “Molly Pitcher,” Martha Washington, Catherine Greene, Lucy Knox, Sybil Ludington, Mammy Kate, Nancy Hart, Elizabeth Freeman, Molly Brant, Nanyehi (Nancy Ward), Esther Sewell, Judith Sargent Murray, Susanna Rowson, and Abigail Adams. Professor Berkin tells the fascinating stories of many individuals in the larger context of both the American Revolution and the development of the earliest waves of feminism that would someday stretch through Seneca Falls, with a close examination of the pragmatic as well as the ideological basis of the Woman’s Revolution. Perfect for those curious to know the full story of the American Revolution and those with a particular interest in knowing the other half of the American story that has often been forgotten.