August 31st, Kimberly Sherman, local historian, educator and writer, gives a talk at the Burgwin-Wright House titled “Behind Enemy Lines: Women in Revolutionary Wilmington, 1775-1783”. Sherman says she will talk about the women of North Carolina, especially those from the lower Cape Fear and Wilmington area, whose lives were turned upside down by the Revolution.
She will discuss both the women who supported the Revolution and the women whose families remained loyal to the British Crown during the conflict and the effect the war had on both: “What I discovered through to many searches is that they ended up helping a lot more than you might think. And I will also talk about how the new North Carolina state government has also dealt with refugee women.
The talk comes from Sherman’s doctoral project. His work focused specifically on the Scottish experience during the American Revolution. Sherman says completing her doctorate in Scotland and following part of her education from the British perspective changed much of what she understood about the American Revolution, especially since she grew up in the southern United States. .
She says: “It was really interesting to see how I could balance that in a way that tells both sides of a story, which in many cases the people who made the decision about whether they were d one side of the conflict or the other, it was just kind of like, ‘What’s going to help me survive right now?’
Kimberly Sherman gives her Wilmington Revolutionary Era Women Lecture on August 31st at 6 p.m. in the art gallery space of the Burgwin-Wright House.