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Student Research Projects

The political and religious consciousness of Quaker women in Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

Student Kimberly Steindurf
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Department History
Course HIST 460: Senior Project Seminar


As a SHEAR fellow, Kimberly participated in a research seminar held at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Kimberly was joined by nine students from prestigious liberal arts schools from throughout the country. She had access to the resources of several Philadelphia-area archives, including the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Friends Historical Library. Participants in the seminar conduct research relevant to their senior theses.

Her Senior Project will recover the story of the families of nineteen Quaker exiles, who were driven from Philadelphia due to their political loyalties during the American Revolution and were forced to settle in Virginia. She will explore the story of the Quakers' wives, who remained in Philadelphia and became increasingly politically active in an attempt to hold onto their property while struggling to bring their husbands home.


2006 Society for Historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR)/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program
VWC Undergraduate Research Travel Award to Present at the Phi Alpha Theta Virginia Regional History Conference


"Understanding 18th Century Quaker Women: The Virginia Exiles' Wives' Response to Their Husbands' Arrests and Banishment to Virginia, September 1777-April 1778", accepted for presentation at the Phi Alpha Theta Virginia Regional History Conference at JMU - March 31, 2007

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