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Fields: American History, Women’s History, Early Modern Europe
Thomas Jefferson’s one daughter wanted to become a nun. She was so determined that her father staged what we might call an intervention. Nuns were a major part of 19th century political, religious, and educational life. Yet, as historians, we barely talk about them, except as tangential figures. My research seeks to reclaim nuns from the margins of history to reveal their place in the larger narratives of antebellum American religious, gender, and cultural histories.