History Café: The Work of Revolution

Virtual program over Zoom
Free; donations accepted

How did unpaid labor enable the Revolutionary leaders of Cambridge to foment rebellion and to carry out the political and military duties of the War?

Although much is known about George Washington’s residency in Cambridge in the early days of the Revolution, the reality is that it was the labor of women and people of color that enabled the Continental Army to function, as well as feeding, housing, and serving both the American and British troops present in the city. By centering the work experiences of women and BIPOC during this period, we will be expanding the scope of the Revolutionary narrative and bringing to light stories that have not often been shared with a wider audience.

We will be joined by John Hannigan, Curator at the Massachusetts State Archives and Scholar-in-Residence at the Robbins House in Concord and Dr.  Robert Bellinger, Founder and Director of the Black Studies Program and Associate Professor of History at Suffolk University.