Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Killed Strangely by Elaine Forman Crane Elaine Forman Crane
Distinguished Professor of History
Office Location: Dealy Hall 609
Phone: (718) 817-3929

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Author of Witches, Wife Beaters, and Whores: Common Law and Common Folk in Early America (Cornell Press, 2011), Killed Strangely: The Death of Rebecca Cornell (Cornell University Press, 2002), Ebb Tide in New England : Women, Seaports, and Social Change 1630-1800 (Northeastern University Press, 1998), and A Dependent People: Newport , Rhode Island , in the Revolutionary Era (Fordham University Press, 1985). Editor of The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker, 3 volumes (1991), which was also published in a one-volume abridged version by Northeastern University Press in 1994.  She has published numerous articles, including “Political Dialogue and the Spring of Abigail’s Discontent,” in the William and Mary Quarterly (Oct. 1999), and “’I Have Suffer’d Much Today’: The Social Dynamics of Pain in Early America,” in Through a Glass Darkly: Reflections on Personal Identity in Early America, a collection of essays published by the University of North Carolina Press to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Institute for Early American History and Culture.

Dr. Crane’s courses have increasingly taken on a transatlantic and interdisciplinary approach. At the undergraduate level she teaches courses on American constitutional and legal history, the American colonies and Revolution, women’s history and gender roles in America . She teaches similar courses at the graduate level, as well as a team taught course with Dr. Nancy Curtin entitled “Politics of Empire: Ireland and America.

Dr. Crane is also the Editor of Early American Studies , an interdisciplinary journal published by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  The journal's offerings include traditional scholarship as well as historical fiction, previously unpublished primary material, and an occasional conference paper.

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