In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Department of History and Political Science at Park University will host a guest historian for a discussion on “Daughter of the U.S.-Mexican War: The Origins of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 1848 Invasion of Mexico.” The event will be held Monday, March 27, starting at 7 p.m. in McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the lecture, a part of the University’s “Year of Inclusion,” is free.
Amy Greenberg, Ph.D., the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, will focus on Ellen Hardin Walworth (1832-1915). Walworth was one of the four founders of Daughters of the American Revolution in 1890. According to Greenberg, Walworth was one of the remarkable women of her time — a published scientist, a lawyer who successfully secured the release of her son from prison, an acknowledged leader in historic preservation and national director of women’s war relief efforts during the Spanish-American War.
“But what she rarely spoke of was the tragic death of her famous father (John J. Hardin, a U.S. representative from Illinois) in the Mexican-American War when she was a teenager,” Greenberg said. “This talk will explore how family tragedy in one war helped Walworth find inspiration in another (the Spanish-American War) to found the Daughters of the American Revolution.”
Greenberg, a historian of antebellum America (1800-60) with a particular interest in the relationship between the U.S. and the rest of the world in the decades before the Civil War. She has authored four books: A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico, a narrative history of the U.S.-Mexican War; Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire, an investigation into the role that the ideology of manifest destiny played in both foreign affairs and American society at home; Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City, a study the relationship between gender, culture and urbanization; and Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion: A Brief History with Documents, a general history of the territorial expansion of the U.S.
Greenberg earned her doctorate in history and a Master of Arts degree in history from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley.