Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati

How Massachusetts Upset the Empire Lecture & Dinner

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • Prescott House - 55 Beacon St. - Boston MA
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Come, Help Us Disturb the King’s Peace!

Kings Statue Toppled

How Massachusetts Upset the Empire - Lecture & Dinner

The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America - Massachusetts
invite you to welcome Professor Lisa Ford to Prescott House

  • Date & Time:
    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Lecture at 6:00 PM
    Cocktails at 7:00 PM
    Dinner at 7:45 PM
  • Location:
    William Hickling Prescott House
    Headquarters of NSCDA-MA
    55 Beacon Street
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Tel: 617-742-3190
    Note: Parking available across the street in the Boston Common Garage
  • Price: $55 per person

Lisa Ford from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia will explore the significance of the Revolution from the Empire’s point of view and demonstrate how breaches of the peace in Boston transformed the constitution of empire. Rioting mobs did more than burn boats on the common or break the windows in the houses of unpopular administrators. Violence in Boston challenged the king's sovereignty in America by showing his incapacity to keep the peace.

Disorder in Boston fed a growing conviction that the King needed more power in the colonies - a resolution that was also fed by simultaneous but very different disorders in Quebec and in Caribbean slave colonies. By placing disorderly Boston in this context, Professor Ford argues that the real legacy of the American Revolution in the British world was counterrevolutionary - it caused a shift towards more coercive policing and away from colonial self-government that lasted for generations.

Lisa Ford

Professor Ford is Associate Dean of Research at the University of New South Wales. Trained originally as a lawyer, and then in American History at Columbia University in New York, her scholarship has followed the evolution of constitutions across the British Empire. Massachusetts served as both model and anti-model for British colonial governments.

It is our good fortune that this charming intellectual powerhouse will be in Boston for the convention of the American Society of Legal History.

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