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“Government in Petticoats”
Gender Poetics in New Jersey’s Newspaper Literature, 1789-1807
Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2pm
Online Presentation

Old Dutch Parsonage’s Col. Frederick Frelinghuysen and Rev. Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh were among the delegates to the Provincial Congress which adopted New Jersey’s first Constitution on July 2, 1776.

While legal deliberations over women’s suffrage took place in the Provincial Congress and Legislature, debate among the general public played out in newspapers, the popular media of the era. Dr. Scott Zukowski explores and explicates the poetry and anecdotes these newspapers carried to understand the aspirations and anxieties attached to female citizenship in the early American republic from 1789 to 1807 when women first voted in New Jersey.

Please e-mail to register. Registrants will receive an invitation to join the online meeting in the days preceding the presentation.

This online program is sponsored by the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association with a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Dr. Zukowski’s full essay on this topic is available in New Jersey Studies.


Follow for online historical interpretation from Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites.


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