Show Notes – Betsy Ross with Marla Miller

Here are some items that were mentioned during the 4 July 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Marla Miller about her book Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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Betsy Ross and the Making of America, published by St. Martin’s Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Miller on Fieldstone CommonYou can learn more about Marla Miller at her website.

Marla Miller’s first book was The Needle’s Eye: Women And Work in the Age of Revolution (UMass Press, 2006). Her next book, to be published August 2013, is Rebecca Dickinson: Independence for a New England Woman.

Betsy Ross and the Making of America takes a look beyond the myth of Betsy Ross to discover the real woman behind the legend. Betsy Ross was a Quaker from Philadelphia. She was born Elizabeth Griscom, daughter of Samuel Griscom and Rebecca James. Her immigrant ancestor Andrew Griscom arrive in the colonies in 1680.

Betsy was married first to John Ross with whom she had no children. She then married Joseph Ashburn. They had two daughters but one of which died as an infant. Her third marriage to John Claypoole was the longest lasting until his death in 1817. They had many daughters together. Betsy died January 30, 1836.

Betsy Ross with Marla Miller of Fieldstone CommonThere are few extant records specifically about Betsy Ross, though her account books should exist.  Perhaps they exist today in some attic in the midwest? If you’re a descendant of Betsy Ross or you have materials with the name Elizabeth Claypoole or Betsy Claypoole written on them please contact me or contact Marla Miller directly. Marla would be very interested in seeing those items!

St. Martin’s Press, the publisher of Betsy Ross and the Making of America, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Kentucky and Massachusetts. A big thank you to the St. Martin’s Press for their generosity!

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Betsy Ross with Marla Miller now available as a Podcast

PodcasticonbeDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Marla Miller discussing her book Betsy Ross and the Making of America is now available as a podcast.

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Betsy Ross and the Making of America with Marla Miller

Betsy Ross with Marla Miller of Fieldstone CommonBROADCAST: THURSDAY, 4 July 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Marla Miller, author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America.

Beyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross’ life. Perhaps with one snip of her scissors she convinced the nation’s future first president that five-pointed stars suited better than six. Perhaps not. Miller recovers for the first time the full story of Betsy Ross, sharing the woman as she truly was. Miller pieces together the fascinating life of this little-known and much beloved figure, showing that she is important to our history not just because she made a flag, but because she embraced the resistance movement with vigor, reveled in its triumphs, and suffered its consequences.

Marla Miller, a historian of early American women and work, has made a career Betsy Ross with Marla Miller of Fieldstone Commonuncovering the lives of women who left little in the way of documentary record. She is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and directs the Public History program there. She has won the Organization of American Historians’ Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation on women’s history and the 1997 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Colonial History.

 

 

Upcoming in July on Fieldstone Common

Be sure to mark your calendar. We’ll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.

4 July 2013 at 1pm EDT 2013-07-1 Betsy Ross and the Making of America with Marla Miller. Beyond the legend of the creation of the American flag, we know very little about the facts of Betsy Ross’ life. Miller pieces together the fascinating life of this little-known and much beloved figure, showing that she is important to our history not just because she made a flag, but because she embraced the resistance movement with vigor.
11 July 2013 at 1pm EDT Here is Where with Andrew Carroll on Fieldstone Common Here is Where with Andrew Carroll. New York Times best selling author Andrew Carroll takes us on a fun and eye opening journey through the United States to discover America’s forgotten history.
18 July 2013 at 1pm EDT Margaret Fuller with Megan Marshall on Fieldstone Common Margaret Fuller: A New American Life with Megan Marshall. From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England’s intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women’s sense of how they could think and live. Marshall’s inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life.
25 July 2013 at 1pm EDT The Old State House with Nathaniel Sheidley on Fieldstone Common The Old State House with Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley. In 2013 Boston’s Old State celebrates its 300 Anniversary. Dr. Sheidley takes us on a tour of the Old State House to help us put the significance of its history in perspective.

Show Notes: The North End with Alex Goldfeld

The North End with Alex R. Goldfeld on Feildstone CommonHere are some items that were mentioned during the 27 June 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Alex R. Goldfeld about his book The North End: A Brief History of Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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The North End, published by The History Press, is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Alex Goldfeld is a public historian based in Boston, Massachusetts. You can learn more about Alex Goldfeld at his website. Alex is also the President and Historian of the North End Historical Society. They have a website and a Facebook page.

The North End covers nearly 400 years of history starting with the creation of the Puritan The North End by Alex R. Goldfeldsettlement in 1630 and progressing through the American Revolution and includes the impact of major ethnic groups such as African Americans and the Irish. Many critical events at the start of the American Revolution took place in the North End. Today the North End is known as an Italian neighborhood with many top notch Italian restaurants and numerous Saints Festivals during the summer months.

The History Press, the publisher of The North End, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Arizona and New Hampshire. A big thank you to the The History Press for their generosity!

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Fieldstone Common’s sponsor is Houstory, makers of the Home History Book and the Heirloom Registry. Fieldstone Common listeners can take 15 % off their Heirloom Registry order by visiting the Heirloom Registry at www.heirloomregistry.com, and entering FIELDSTONE – in all caps – at checkout.

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