Professor Carol Berkin discusses the ways the female ideal changed during and after the American Revolution.
Carol Berkin is Presidential Professor of History, Emerita, at Baruch College & the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author and editor of several books, including First Generations: Women in Colonial America; A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution; Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence; and, most recently, Civil War Wives: the Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant. Her new book, Wondrous Beauty: The Extraordinary Life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, will be on the bookshelves by March of 2014. Her current book project is a study of how we got the Bill of Rights.
Professor Berkin is a frequent contributor to television documentaries on early American and Revolutionary Era history and a frequent presenter for the Teaching American History Grant programs. She currently serves on the Board of the Academy of New York History, the Board of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the Board of the Society of American Historians, and the Board of Biography International.