A Conversation With Holly Jackson and Megan Marshall

Holly Jackson and Megan Marshall

Author Talk

Megan Marshall

Holly Jacson

Date: Sun., Jan. 31, 2021

Time: 2 pm

Via Zoom

Event Fee: Free; $5 suggested Donation

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Program Description:

Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
HD Thoreau

Megan Marshall will interview her friend and colleague Holly Jackson about her new book, “American Radicals: How 19th Century Protest Shaped the Nation.” We’ll learn more about how the 19th century social justice movement is still influencing our national dialogue on systemic racism, women’s rights, and poverty.

Thoreau, Alcott, Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, and many other social reformers found in Jackson’s new book, will be touched upon during the talk.

Holly Jackson is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and associate editor of The New England Quarterly. She writes and speaks on 19th-century American cultural history. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, as well as a number of scholarly publications. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Megan Marshall is the president of the Society of American Historians and author of “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life,” winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Memoir, and “The Peabody Sisters,” winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Both books were winners of the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction.  She is the first Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College, where she teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA creative writing program.  She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.