Original Visions of Citizenship in the New United States


Historian David Waldstreicher will discuss the meaning of citizenship for the people who lived through the American Revolution and the generation that followed. The presentation will focus on question of identity and participation in the new country, examining who could be a citizen and how they were expected to contribute to the republic. Drawing on examples from New Hampshire and other newly-formed states, Waldstreicher will explore how participation in the new nation served as both a source of pride and a source of controversy at the local, state, and national levels.

This is the first talk in New Hampshire Humanities' “A Good Citizen” lecture series, which explores how Americans have understood a citizen’s responsibilities to others throughout U.S. history. This program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


DAVID WALDSTREICHER is a historian of early and nineteenth-century America with particular interests in political history, cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and print culture. He is author of Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution (2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997), as well as The Odyssey of Phillis Wheatley which is forthcoming from Farrar Straus and Giroux in early 2023. His scholarly articles and books have won prizes from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the American Jewish Historical Society. He has also written for the Boston Review, Atlantic.com and The New York Times Book Review. Read more

Event Details


Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:00pm


117 Pleasant Street
Concord NH 03301

Hosted By:

New Hampshire Humanities

Contact Info:

Catherine Winters, Ph.D., cwinters@nhhumanities.org