Genealogy as Statecraft

A history of genealogy illustrates not only the ways that powerful, privileged people used family history, but it illuminates how genealogy facilitated power and privilege.

Lecture Description

Genealogy is a global phenomenon as a hobby and big business. It also has a deep history in the early modern world, and in early America was compelling both for families and for the emerging state. Drawing on archival fragments as well as major collections, this lecture situates family history as a particular practice in early America, as well as sketches the long history of genealogy around the world.


1700-1800 Family

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