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Judith Sargent Murray: A Complicated Woman
January 25 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Judith Sargent Murray always characterized herself as a supremely rational person. In reality, like virtually all of us, her life and her views were filled with anomalies and contradictions. Some of those contradictions were small and unimportant, but others—especially her attitudes toward class and gender differences—were profoundly troubling and never truly resolved. Presented by Sheila Skemp, Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of History at the University of Mississippi and author of First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female Independence, this program was made possible through a partnership with the Terra Foundation and the Sargent House Museum and is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Our Souls Are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray, on display at the Cape Ann Museum through March 2020. Additional funding was received from Mass Humanities, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.