“Women’s Entrepreneurial Lecturing in the Early National Period”
— Granville Ganter
“Granville Ganter turns to commercial popular lecturing and professional advancement in the early national period, long before Josiah Holbrook began his campaign for lyceum associations. Focusing primary attention on entrepreneurial white women such as Eliza Harriot O’Connor and Anne Laura Clarke, who used public lectures to attract clients for private schools, Ganter shows how these lecturers harmonized republican ideals for nationalist education with women’s business practices in civic and social domains. Illuminating the little-studied phenomenon of early commercial lecturing by people often overlooked in studies of lecture culture, Ganter disrupts assumptions about gender and entrepreneurship on the early American public stage” (pp. 16).
Selected Bibliography on Women and Public Lecturing
Kerber, Linda K. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press, 1980.