Dr. Kathleen Hilliard, associate professor of history, was awarded the 2017-2018 Program in Early American Economy and Society Fellowship. The fellowship, awarded by The Library Company of Philadelphia, is designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to the 1850s.
The fellowship will support research for Hilliard's upcoming book, "Bonds Burst Asunder: The Revolutionary Politics of Getting By in Civil War and Emancipation, 1860-1867."
The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731, was the largest public library in America until the 1850s, and is now an independent research library with one of the premier collections in the country of early American documents. It houses extensive collections of books, graphics, and manuscripts that chronicle the history of American culture. In conjunction with its Program in Early American Economy and Society, the Library Company is augmenting, cataloging, and conserving its collections related to economy and society-including the areas of commerce, business, banking, technology, and other fields-and has also compiled a regional survey of related scholarly resources.