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September 18, 2014

Women in the Struggle for American Independence

St. Francis College welcomed historian and scholar Carol Berkin to help celebrate the 227th birthday of the United States Constitution with the talk, “It was I who did it: Women in the Struggle for American Independence” on Thursday, September 18.

Carol Ruth Berkin is the Presidential Professor of History, Emerita at Baruch College & The Graduate Center, CUNY. She has published a number of books including A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for American Independence, and Civil War Wives: The Lives & Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis & Julia Dent Grant.

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Carol Berkin with SFC Professor Miriam Salholz

Berkin has also appeared as a commentator and worked as a consultant on two PBS documentaries on Dolley Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

The St. Francis College St. Thomas More Pre-Law Society with moderator Professor Miriam Salholz hosted the event.

Constitution Day is federally mandated by the U.S. Congress which deemed that any educational institution that receives federal money must hold an educational program related to the Constitution to commemorate the signing on September 17, 1787.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.


St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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