Presentation by Dr. Kristin O’Brassil-Kulfan
Many histories of early America focus on political and military glories, but have little to say about the daily lives of average people. In this lecture, public and early American historian Dr. Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan will reverse that tendency, discussing the ins and outs of life on the streets in late eighteenth and nineteenth century New Jersey. Focusing on experiences of poverty, crime, incarceration, servitude, and enslavement, this talk considers the conversations you might hear, events you might see, and people you might meet on the street in early New Jersey. These subjects raise questions of precedent and connections to present day issues, and how learning these challenging histories might help us better understand the 21st century.
$10 non-members, $8 members
Presentation to be held in the Visitor Center, which is handicapped-accessible
Complimentary refreshments and tours of the Trent House Museum
About the Presenter:
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan teaches in the Department of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she serves as Coordinator of Public History. She holds a Ph.D. in US History from the University of Leicester in England and an MA in Modern History from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. She is currently developing a manuscript on vagrancy, poverty, and the law in the early 19th century Mid-Atlantic.