2020-2021 Lecture Series in Partnership with the Wellesley Library

A Brief Literary History of New England
Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7pm

Join the Wellesley Historical Society on Thursday, May 27th at 7pm for our third and final virtual lecture this spring: Robert Allison’s talk entitled A Brief Literary History of New England.

About the Talk:

Robert Allison, Professor of History at Suffolk University, will give us a brief overview of some of the literary lights of New England during the 18th and 19th Centuries, including such figures as Mather, Franklin, Emerson, Longfellow, Holmes, Stowe, Hale, and Poe. He will discuss the interactions of these individuals with Boston society in order to provide more insight into the prevailing mores of their times.

About Robert Allison:

Robert J. Allison is a professor of history at Suffolk University. He chairs Revolution 250 and is also the president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a Life Trustee of the USS CONSTITUTION Museum, a Fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society, and an honorary member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati.

In addition to Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2004) his books include A Very Short Introduction to the American Revolution (2015), A Short History of Cape Cod (2011), A Short History of Boston (2004), and The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (2000).

He earned his doctorate at Harvard (History of American Civilization) and his undergraduate degree at the Harvard Extension School, where he has taught since 1993.

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