Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

The Early America Reading SeRies

Born after an enthusiastically received continuing education class from the Christopher Wren Association, EARS got its start with a discussion of Mary Kelley’s Learning to Stand and Speak on May 3, 2016. Hailed as “ambitious and fascinating” by the Journal of American History, Learning to Stand and Speak looks at the rise of educational opportunities for American women after the revolution and the impact of this change on American culture.

Books that will be discussed in the 2016–17 academic year include:

  • The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America by John Demos
  • Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf
  • Anne Orthwood’s Bastard: Sex and Law in Early Virginia by John Ruston Pagan
  • “Myne Own Ground”: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, 1640–1676 by T.H. Breen and Stephen Innes

If you would like to join the group or receive more information, contact Martha Howard at 757-221-1115 or