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Cathia Jenainati's Lectures

This page contains material I presented in previous years which may still be of interest to you.

Gender, Domesticity, and Ideologies of Private Life

Seneca Falls Convention

Declaration of Sentiments

Sojourner Truth

Slavery in America (slave trade)

Marriage of Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell under protest

Godey's Lady's Book


nathaniel Hawthorne, the scarlet letter (1850)

  PMLA, Vol. 83, No. 5 (Oct. 1968), pp. 1439-1447
Charles Ryskamp, "The New England Sources of The Scarlet Letter", American Literature, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Nov. 1959), pp. 257-272
Erika M. Kreger, "Depravity Dressed up in a Fascinating Garb": Sentimental Motifs and the Seduced Hero(ine) in The Scarlet Letter, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Vol. 54, No. 3 (Dec. 1999), pp. 308-335
Frank MacShane, The House of the Dead: Hawthorne's Custom House and The Scarlet Letter, The New England Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Mar. 1962), pp. 93-101


John Winthorpe, A Modell of Christian Charity (1630)

Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1740)


Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)

Online sources:

Timeline 1860-1869

The Library Congress: Slavery--The Peculiar Institution

Abolitionism in America

Selection of articles: article 1, article 2, article 3, article 4, article 5 (from JSTOR)

Powerpoint presentation from the lecture (November 2009) (Powerpoint Presentation) and the Word doc (Word Document)


Charles Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition (1901)

Early African American Perspectives
on the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898

John Merrick's speech on the race riots in Wilmington: brief excerpt (Word Document) or whole book

Black Codes, including Emancipation Proclamation

 Americans of African Ancestry is an excellent essay offering a thoughtful and concise account of African-Americans' contributions to the literature and culture of the US in antebellum and post-bellum periods.

Harlem 1900-1940: An online exhibition


Herman Melville's "Paradise of bachelors, Tartarus of maids" (1855) and "Bartleby the Scrivener: a tale of Wall Street" (1853)

Powerpoint presentation of my lecture (Powerpoint Presentation)

Here's the text of Emerson's lecture "The Transcendentalist" (PDF Document)

Here's the link to the article on Bartleby and Thoreau that I mentioned in the lecture: Egbert S. Oliver, "A second Look at 'Bartleby'" in College English, Vol. 6, No. 8 (May, 1945), pp. 431-439 <Stable URL:>  




Seneca falls

Stanton at Seneca Falls


Seneca falls 2

Seneca Falls


Scarlet letter


woman voter


Chesnutt stamp

Chesnutt Stamp 1978


NY 1850

New York 1850

wall street

Wall Street 1850


Female workers in a textile sweatshop 1850