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And so it begins…with a lot of books!

By • May 18th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

As this post’s title might suggest, I’ve spent the past week and a half finding books, buying books, and reading books that provide background information to the primary sources I’ll read in the coming months, citations referencing even more primary sources, and generally illuminate the influence of women in 1790s America. As of today, I’ve…
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Queens of the Republican Court!

By • Apr 10th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone!   My name is Tessa Payer, and I am more than excited to share my thesis research with you! I am a history/theatre double major and someone particularly interested in women’s history. I was lucky enough to explore women’s experiences during the 18th and early 19th centuries last summer, conducting Monroe Scholar research…
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Best of Wives and Best of Women- The End?

By • Aug 17th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Just yesterday, after a bit of an emotional crisis at the fact that I could finally be finishing my research, I concluded my biography of Eliza Hamilton. Wow.   Hearing about my research, many of my friends and family have been asking about what I’ve learned, what has been most interesting to find out about […]

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Best of Wives and Best of Women- Putting it all together

By • Jul 2nd, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

When I first started compiling my research and writing my biography of Eliza, I had a mix of feelings. There were a lot of nerves, of course, but also a sense of excitement. I mean, how hard could it be? I’m working chronologically, so all I have to do is put my information in some […]

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Best of Wives and Best of Women- Discovering Treasures

By • Jun 14th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve now completed most of my visits for my research; New York City, Philadelphia, Morristown, Albany, Saratoga, and Washington DC. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, and I’ve probably walked more than a few miles in my various tours, but it’s been a blast nonetheless. I’ve been able to walk in Eliza’s footsteps, and […]

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Best of Wives and Best of Women- On the Road

By • May 29th, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

The day was May 14th, and there I was at the archives of the New York State Library. It was my first day embarking on my research, and I felt like I was Nick Cage in National Treasure. A whole box of 18th century letters was sitting in front of me, I opened it up to […]

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Best of Wives and Best of Women: The Life of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

By • Mar 21st, 2018 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

This summer, I’m going to be researching the life of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, compiling all the information I gather into a biographical paper. With the popularity of the musical Hamilton, I’ve been exposed to Eliza, as she is called in the show, and her life story. However, the musical still places focus on her ‘ten-dollar, […]

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