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Founding Friendships

Now available in paperback!
Winner of the 2016 Organization of American Historians Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History for the most original book in U.S. women’s and/or gender history

Teaching with Founding Friendships

Articles for Popular Audiences

“Molly Pitcher, The Most Famous American Hero Who Never Existed,” Smithsonian Magazine Online, March 17, 2021

“Did George Washington Have ‘A Couple of Things in His Past?,’” The Atlantic, September 28, 2018

“New Online: Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton Papers,” Library of Congress blog, July 5, 2017

“New Online: Margaret Bayard Smith Papers,” Library of Congress blog, June 28, 2017

“What Did George Washington Think About Nepotism?,” History News Network, April 16, 2017

“French Imposters, Diplomatic Double Speak, and Buried Archival Treasures,” The Junto Blog, April 10, 2017

“A Relationship Revealed,” Notches Blog, January 24, 2017

“The Sole American Killed in the 1814 Burning of D.C. Was Related to George Washington,” Smithsonian Magazine, December 8, 2016

“Hair Jewelry Celebrating a Presidential Friendship,” Mental Floss, July 22, 2016

“How Early-19th-Century Students Cemented Their Bonds Through Friendship Albums,” Slate.com, May 6, 2016

“Comb Through This Framed Collection of Presidential Hair,” Smithsonian Magazine, February 9, 2016

“The Flirtatious Friendship of Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Church Hits Broadway,” OUP Blog, November 17, 2015

“That Time When Alexander Hamilton Almost Dueled James Monroe,” Smithsonian Magazine, October 26, 2015

“The Strange Saga of George Washington’s Bedpan,” Smithsonian Magazine, August 20, 2015

““When Harry Met Sally” Meets Early America,” Families as They Really Are blog, July 28, 2015

“John Paul Jones and His Romantic Romp Through Paris,” Smithsonian Magazine, April 21, 2015

Love Stories of America’s Founding Friends, OUP Blog, February 14, 2015

Founding fathers’ female pen pals, Smithsonian Magazine, February 13, 2015

“Diplomacy, Slavery, Quids, and Much More in the Latest Volume of the Papers of James Monroe,” The Junto Blog, October 7, 2014

“Ann Perrin’s Album is Far From Commonplace,” Unique at Penn, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, May 31, 2012

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