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Jane Merritt


Dr. Jane T. Merritt specializes in early American History from an Atlantic World perspective.  In particular, she has written on eighteenth century Native American encounters in the mid-Atlantic region and is currently exploring the development of consumer markets, British imperial policy, the cultural life of the American colonies, and the emergence of the United States as a commercial empire through a study of the tea trade.  







B.A. Vassar College, 1981
M.A. University of Washington, 1990
Ph.D. University of Washington, 1995



Selected Publications:

"The Gender Frontier Revisited:  Native American Women in the Age of Revolution," in A.G. Roeber, ed., Ethnographies and Exchanges:  Native Americans, Moravians and Catholics in Early North America (University Park, PA:  Max Kade German-American Research Institute Series, Penn State University Press, 2008):  165-174.

"Tea Trade, Consumption, and the Republican Paradox in pre-Revolutionary Philadelphia," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 128, no. 2 (April 2004): 117-148.


At the Crossroads:  Indians and Empires on a mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763 (Chapel Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2003)


"Cultural Encounters along a Gender Frontier:  Mahican, Delaware, and German Women in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania History:  a Journal of Mid Atlantic Studies 67 (Autumn 2000):  502-531.


"Metaphor, Meaning, and Misunderstanding:  Language and Power on the Pennsylvania Frontier," in Andrew R. L. Cayton and Fredrika J. Teute, eds. Contact Points:  North American Frontiers, 1750-1830 (Chapel Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press, 1998), 60-87.


"Dreaming of the Savior's Blood:  Moravians and the Indian Great Awakening in Pennsylvania," William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 54 (October, 1997):  723-746.




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Office Hours (BAL 8022)

Fall 2012: Tues/Thurs. - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment


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