Carol Berkin: Women in the American Revolution

Since 1975, the Society of the Cincinnati has sponsored the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, which recognizes the scholarship of leading historians of the American Revolution. Some of the Clark Lecturers-most notably Edmund S. Morgan, whose The Genius of George Washington is a classic of Washington scholarship-have presented lectures that stand alone as important works of scholarship. Others, including David McCullough, have offered a very personal perspective on one of their major published works. Gordon S. Wood and others have distilled a generation of classroom teaching and scholarship into a synthesis illuminating the major significance of the American Revolution. Still others, including David Hackett Fischer, have offered a glimpse of the historian’s craft by presenting a lecture based on their ongoing research.