About the Scholars
Rosie Zagarri is Professor of History at George Mason University. The author of 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), she is also the editor of David Humphreys's "Life of General Washington" with George Washington's "Remarks" (1991). She has published articles in The Journal of American History, The William and Mary Quarterly, American Quarterly, and Reviews in American History. In the spring of 1993, the Fulbright Commission appointed her Thomas Jefferson Chair in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently working on a project dealing with gender and the first political parties.
Barbara Clark Smith is Curator of Social History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where she has worked since 1983. Her research ranges from the material culture of household life to forms of popular participation in the era of the American Revolution. Dr. Smith has curated exhibitions on such topics as household and community life in the early republic, costume and the construction of gender, and the history of housework. Her publications include After the Revolution: The Smithsonian History of Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century; "Food Rioters and the American Revolution," William and Mary Quarterly, (1994); and "Revolution in Boston," for the National Park Service handbook for the Freedom Trail.