Revisiting the Founding Fathers: Gouverneur Morris Tuesday May 18, 2021
Revisiting the Founding Fathers: Gouverneur Morris, the Forgotten Founding Father
Presented by Jennifer W. Reiss; Moderated by Donna Mansfield, Eastern Branch
Gouverneur Morris is one of our Founding Fathers, a signer of the Articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution, author of the Preamble to the Constitution, envoy to France during the French Revolution, and a Senator from New York. Morris was one of the most outspoken critics of slavery among the Founding Fathers and also argued for the right of people to practice their chosen religion without interference. Morris was also disabled. His left leg was amputated after a carriage accident and he was severely burned on his right side.
Our Speaker, Jennifer W. Reiss, is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania, with specific interests in early modern medicine and disability, and women and gender. Her project, currently titled “Pity That So Fine a Man Should Have Lost His Leg:" Gouverneur Morris and the Nuances of Physical Disability in Early America, attempts to understand how Morris, the early American statesman and diplomat, negotiated his multiple physical impairments alongside class and gender expectations in the early Republic. Reiss has a BA from Penn, a Master’s in History from Cambridge University, and JD from Harvard University. She practiced law for several years before she decided to return to Penn's graduate school to study American History.
This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a four-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This session will be conducted on Zoom and is free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register on the Library website’s Upcoming Events to receive emailed information on how to access the seminar. Registration closes at noon on the day prior to the program (5/17) whereupon access link will be emailed by 4:00 pm.
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