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Ford Evening Book Talk: The Tory's Wife

853 views March 29, 2024
Hear from George Mason University Professor Cynthia A. Kierner, author of The Tory's Wife: A Woman and her Family in Revolutionary America. Dr. Kierner's new book tells the story of Jane Welborn Spurgin, a patriot who welcomed General Nathanael Greene to her home and aided Continental forces while her loyalist husband was fighting for the king as an officer in the Tory militia. After the war, she was an abandoned wife on the verge of homelessness. But in a dramatic series of petitions to the North Carolina state legislature, she boldly fought to reclaim her family's property and to assert her own political rights.
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