The Early Modern Commons

18th-century American Women

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Boston Slave Poet Phillis Wheatley d 1784

17 October 2016

When a London bookseller presented the manuscript of Phillis Wheatley's 1773 Poems on Various Subjects to the Countess of Huntingdon, the anti-slavery English noblewoman was reportedly...

Life of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington 1731-18

16 October 2016

.Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was born at Chestnut Grove in New Kent County, Virginia, June 2, 1731. Her father, John Dandridge (1700/1701 — 1756), emigrated to Virginia...

Martha Washington at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78

14 October 2016

Martha Washington at the 1777-78 Valley Forge EncampmentNancy K. Loane, author of Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment, writes that Martha Washington was a spiffy...

Benjamin Franklin in England, trying to repeal the Stamp Act...

13 July 2016

. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) portrait by David Martin (1737-1797) c 1766-67 While in London, Franklin's portrait was commissioned by his friend, Edinburgh wine merchant Robert...