Rosemarie Zagarri

Rosemarie Zagarri

University Professor and professor of history at George Mason University, Rosemarie Zagarri is the author of Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (2007), The Politics of Size: Representation in the United States, 1776-1850 (1987), and A Woman's Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution (1995), and the editor of David Humphreys' "Life of General Washington" with George Washington's "Remarks" (1991). A past president of Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, she has also served as a member of the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. She has appeared as an on-camera historian on C-SPAN's "Morning Journal," PBS's "George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King," and the Fairfax Television Network's "The Real Martha Washington." She is currently working on a book entitled "Nabob on the Potomac: Thomas Law, British India, and the Early American Republic."


  • Founding Mothers: How Women Shaped the American Revolution
  • How Women Won and Lost the Vote in the Early Republic
  • The American Revolution in a Global Context
  • The Murky Past and Contested Future of the Electoral College *
  • Women and the Constitution before Seneca Falls

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.


“Founding Mothers: How Women Shaped the Founding”

This lecture was presented as the Dell and Audrey Thompson Distinguished Lecture in American Revolution Studies at Siena College's McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution in Loudonville, New York. Recorded in March 2013.

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