Carolyn Eastman

Carolyn Eastman

Carolyn Eastman is an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research examines how men and women engaged with publications, oratory, and visual imagery during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and how those popular media affected their perceptions of self and community as well as the larger political culture. She is the author of the prizewinning A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution (2009). Her current research has focused on two book-length projects. The first unfolds the strange career of an eccentric, drug-addicted, riveting orator in the early nineteenth century. The second asks how ideas about travel—elaborated in popular, richly illustrated volumes—cultivated new ways of seeing strangers and considering the self during the eighteenth century.

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Lectures

  • Her Dangerous Voice: Gender Trouble and Public Outrage in American Women’s History
  • A Nation of Speechifiers: Why (and How) We Should Listen to the Spoken Words of the American Past
  • Fight like a Man: The Antebellum American Peace Movement and Its New Masculinities
  • The Indian Censures the White Man: Americans’ Preoccupation with Indian Eloquence
  • Beware the Abandoned Woman: European Travelers, Native Women, and Interracial Families in Early Atlantic Travelogues