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The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Conversation with the Author

  • Location: Event On Zoom NY NY
  • Dates: April 24, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: No Cost
  • Overview

    Join us for an online conversation with historian John Wood Sweet, as he discusses his award - winning book, The Sewing Girl's Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America.
    A riveting historical drama of the first published rape trial in American history and its long, shattering aftermath.
    More than two hundred years later, so much has changed. So much has not.
    On a moonless night in the summer of 1793 a crime in the back room of a New York brothel transformed Lanah Sawyer's life. It was the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, the seventeen - year - old seamstress did what virtually no one else dared to do: she charged a gentleman with rape. The trial rocked the city and nearly cost Lanah her life. And that was just the start.
    Based on extraordinary historical detective work, Lanah Sawyer's story takes us from a chance encounter in the street into the squalor of the city's sexual underworld, the sanctuaries of the elite, and the despair of its debtors' prison - a world where reality was always threatened by hope and deceit. It reveals how much has changed over the past two centuries - and how
    much has not.

    John Wood Sweet is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former director of UNC's Program in Sexuality Studies. He graduated from Amherst College and earned his PHD in History at Princeton University. His book, Bodies Politic" Negotiating Race in the American north, was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and his work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC, the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, the McNeil Center at Penn, and the Center for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History at Johns Hopkins. His most recent book is the award - winning The Sewing Girl's Tale" A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America. John lives in Chapel Hill with his husband, son, daughter, and new baby.

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