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Sarah M.S. Pearsall: Representing Revolution

Friday, July 8, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

How should we remember and commemorate the American Revolution? This question grows more pressing as we approach 2026 and the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The American Revolution has long been a topic of lively scholarly debate, but it is also a matter of significant public and civic interest, especially in the United States of America. In this lecture, Sarah Pearsall will consider these matters of commemoration and representation in part to think through how best to mark the upcoming anniversary.

This is the second keynote speech of the Bavarian American Academy Conference 2022 with the topic "Representations and Uses of the American Revolution in Past and Present".

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, 7 p.m. Alan Taylor will hold the first keynote speech on "The American Revolution and the Contemporary Culture War".

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This event will take place in a hybrid format.

To register for participation at the BAA Annual Conference 2022 "Representations and Uses of the American Revolution in Past and Present", please send an email to and indicate whether you would like to register for the in-person event or to join virtually.

The keynote address will be streamed live.

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Sarah M.S. Pearsall is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University; she previously taught at Cambridge University. She is the author of Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2008); Polygamy: An Early American History (Yale University Press, 2019); and Polygamy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2022). She is currently working on a book entitled Freedom Round the Globe: A New History of the American Revolution, which will appear with Doubleday (US) and Picador (UK) in 2026. 

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