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Posted on: February 12, 2018

Author Talk: Marla Miller on her book Betsy Ross and the Making of America

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Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 -- Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS), stewards of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, and the Hingham Public Library commemorate Women's History Month by presenting a talk by historian Marla Miller on her book, Betsy Ross and the Making of America

Betsy Ross and the Making of America is the first comprehensively researched and elegantly written biography of one of America's most captivating figures of the Revolutionary War. Drawing on new sources and bringing a fresh, keen eye to the fabled creation of "the first flag," Marla R. Miller thoroughly reconstructs the life behind the legend. This authoritative work provides a close look at the famous seamstress while shedding new light on the lives of the artisan families who peopled the young nation and crafted its tools, ships, and homes.

Betsy Ross occupies a sacred place in the American consciousness, and Miller's winning narrative finally does her justice. This history of the ordinary craftspeople of the Revolutionary War and their most famous representative will be the definitive volume for years to come.

A Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Marla Miller is a historian of women and work before industrialization. She is the author of the award-winning The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution and Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman. She is also the vice president and president-elect of the National Council on Public History. 

Time will be allowed for audience questions, and books will be available for purchase.

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