Infusing new energy into the study of the American Revolution will be at the top of the agenda next April when the Massachusetts Historical Society hosts a major scholarly conference. "So Sudden an Alteration: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution" will take place at the MHS 9 to 11 April. The program will pay special attention to new ways to understand the political roots and consequences of the crisis.
The conference will feature a keynote address by Abigail Adams author Woody Holton, "'Not Yet': The Originality Crisis in American Revolution Studies." It will also include nine sessions, a proposal by Brendan McConville of Boston University offering a new approach to thinking about the conflict, and a wrap-up discussion. The program will provide an introduction to Annotated Newspapers of Harbottle Dorr, Jr. and offer a visit to the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.
Presenters will not read their papers at the conference; instead, sessions will focus on the discussion of academic essays circulated in advance of the event. Support for the conference includes grants from the David Library of the American Revolution, Boston University, and Williams College, as well as a gift from an anonymous donor. To register, please visit www.masshist.org/conferences/american-revolution.