Commentator at Upstate Early American Workshop

On March 31, I attended a session of the Upstate Early American History Workshop at Binghamton University, having been invited to serve as commentator for a discussion of a manuscript by John Wood Sweet. That paper, which focuses on sexual assault case and subsequent seduction lawsuit from New York in the 1790s, also serves as a fascinating window into the intricacies of evolving Anglo-American law and the ways it upheld assumptions of patriarchal power in the early republic—even as women and men used the law in creative ways to seek justice. It was a great privilege to take part in such an absorbing discussion and to get to meet John Sweet.