William and Mary

Lindsay Keiter

ABD History

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Current Research : Marriage as a social and financial institution in the North and the South between 1750 and the Civil War.


Lindsay specializes in the history of gender and of women in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early-twentieth centuries. She attended the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated with honors in History and Women's Studies in 2006. Her undergraduate honors thesis explored the history of and the use of gendered rhetoric by the Niagara Movement, an African-American civil rights organization founded by W.E.B. Du Bois, from 1905-1910. For her master's thesis, Lindsay probed the development of companionate marriage in the Early Republic, focusing on John Hartwell and Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke to uncover the tensions between ideology and practice. She is currently building on this work to explore how marriage operated as a financial institution, a social practice, and an intimate relationship between 1750 and 1860. She is comparing Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina to determine the effects of slavery on the acceptance of new ideas and practices about marriage.