Join in a public reading and discussion of a previously unknown nineteenth-century manuscript play, recently acquired by the Newberry Library. This fascinating original play, set during King Philip’s War (1675-1678), was written by Jehiel Lillie, a 26 year-old cadet at the Norwich Military Academy, and was performed at the academy in 1838 by a troupe of fellow students.
Noon - 3 pm
The scholarship on radical republicanism during the Age of Revolution is vast and growing. However, the role of antislavery thought and activity within this frame is an area of inquiry deserving further attention.
5:30 pm reception; 6 pm program
Indigenous peoples, including Native Americans, have always been consummate travelers, whose trade and social networks crossed the continent. Few are aware, however, of the various techniques used to mark routes, including bending tree saplings. These distinct and durable markers, known as Trail Marker Trees, are a natural navigational method that still exists today.
This colloquium will focus on books that were never published, eddies, as it were, in the nineteenth-century’s famed “flood” of print. Analysis of nineteenth-century literary manuscripts that were not made into printed books—and indeed were generally created with no intention of publication—tests the limits of the democratic public sphere promised and promoted by print.