John Wood Sweet with Jennet Robinson Alterman: The Sewing Girl's Tale

Sun, Nov 5, 2023 from 12pm - 1pm

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“An excellent and absorbing work of social and cultural history” (The New York Times), The Sewing Girl’s Tale, a vividly described, suspenseful story, set in Revolutionary America, revolves around the rape of a 17 year-old seamstress, the trial of the perpetrator (a courtroom drama in an era when extremely few such cases were reported, let alone brought to justice), the riots that followed and the consequences for all the individuals involved, including Alexander Hamilton. John Wood Sweet, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, discusses his prize-winning book and its contemporary relevance with Jennet Robinson Alterman, long-standing South Carolina women's rights advocate.


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