Lecture Description

This lecture focuses on the story of Philip Vickers Fithian, one of early America’s most prolific diarists and observers of revolutionary-era life in New Jersey, Virginia, the Pennsylvania frontier, and the New York campaign of 1776. It focuses on how one young man navigated his way through the changing circumstance of Revolutionary America and tried to reconcile Enlightenment ambition with his Presbyterian faith and local attachments. The lecture draws from my award-winning, *The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America*


Biography Revolutionary and Early National

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